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  1. Margaret Lee: My swan song

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Jeannie Rea (Women)

    Margaret Lee first joined the NTEU in 1996 and has served at Division Secretary for Queensland for the past eight years. When Margaret, then a lecturer in Industrial Relations, joined the Griffith University Branch Committee, she brought with her a wealth of expertise as an industrial relations expert and labour lawyer, with significant publications on labour market regulation, industrial disputes and union rights, and bargaining and negotiation, and a wealth of experience of working with and for the union movement.

    In moving her Life Membership at this year’s National Council, the Queensland Division has said, ‘More importantly, she brought with her a solid core of strong union values which would be a great source of guidance and strength for everyone in the Queensland Division who has had the privilege of working with her. As a marvellously unpretentious and down-to-earth (but always stylish!) person, Margaret may not be aware of the extent to which she has educated those around her. The Queensland Division in particular is in her debt, as she leaves the Division bigger and stronger than it has ever been. We look forward to a continuing association in her Life Member

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  2. SA Dinner Out from ‘under the thumb’

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    Over 70 people attended the SA Division’s sold out Bluestocking Week dinner on 13 August, a fundraiser for the Working Women’s Centre.

    Chaired by Janet Giles, former secretary of SA ...

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  3. Lessons in gender and colour

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Paul Clifton (Women)

    During Bluestocking Week 2014, the Flinders Branch held a lunch and seminar on campus to celebrate the role of women in education and the role of education in women’s lives. 

    Chaired by NTEU National President Jeannie Rea, who highlighted the work of the WAC and the role of Bluestocking week, the event featured Khadija Gbla, a passionate, talented, and celebrated speaker on women’s issues whose accolades include Young South Australian of the Year 2011 and one of The Advertiser SA 50 Most Influential Women

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  4. Bluestocking Week 2014: Crossing the Line

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Courtney Sloane (Women)

    Crossing the line just had to be the theme of this year’s Bluestocking Week. Last year, NUS had claimed ‘Our Bluestockings Are On The Line’ and NTEU responded with ‘Holding The Line’. With the election of the Abbott Government and regression to just one woman in Cabinet, women’s workplace gains are apparently at a standstill or going backwards. And with the Budget changes to higher education seemingly designed to reverse the steady increase of women, from all walks of life, at university, it is no time for quietly holding on. 

    Bluestocking Week was reinstated two years ago by NTEU with NUS to celebrate women in higher education and also to take stock of what we still needed to focus

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  5. Unions campaign for implementation of Domestic Violence leave

    Posted 5 September 2014 by Susan Kenna (Women)

    Aside from those already won at UNSW, this is the first round of bargaining where the NTEU has achieved significant improvements in domestic violence provisions, including specified paid leave.

    Upwards of 1.6 million Australian workers are now covered by domestic violence provisions. Australia is leading the world on implementing domestic violence provisions at the workplace, with interest now spreading to Canada, the UK and Turkey.  Thanks to advocacy led by Australian unions, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) now has a labour standard around domestic

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  6. NTEU’s Agreements – looking through a gender lens

    Posted 5 September 2014 by (Women)

    In the current round of bargaining in universities, NTEU has achieved economy-leading salary outcomes and a range of important improvements in conditions of employment. Those include improved rights and leave for staff experiencing domestic violence, as well as changes which will reduce barriers to women’s career progression and help to close the gender pay gap. 

    Domestic Violence Provisions

    In this round of bargaining, all NTEU Branches claimed for specific Agreement provisions addressing domestic violence, including joint university-union development of policies, provision that no staff member be disadvantaged in their employment due to dealing with domestic violence, and special leave for staff seeking safe housing, attending court hearings etc. While there was no mandatory settlement point associated with the claim, the Union’s National Executive recommended that Branches aim for four stars out of a possible 7 (including paid leave) using the 7-star rating system developed by the Domestic and Family Violence Clearing House (DFVCH) at

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  7. Amanda Rishworth: Women will pay a higher price for the Government's higher education cuts

    Posted 27 August 2014 by Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office)

    While Federal Government changes to our Higher Education System will deter some from going to university, for others the greatest impact will be the significant increase in student debt.

    The ...

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  8. My Bluestocking Story: Nikki Moodie

    Posted 15 August 2014 by Julie Ann Veal (Women)

    Nikki Moodie

    WestSide Derby Dollz is a roller derby league based in the western suburbs of Melbourne. We support Bluestocking Week because we support women and girls - their strength, safety and ...

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  9. My Bluestocking Story: Jennifer Fane

    Posted 14 August 2014 by Julie Ann Veal (Women)

    Jennifer Fane, Flinders University

    My love of learning is what has brought me to Australia. Working at Flinders, as well as being a PhD candidate and member of the NTEU Women's Action Committee not ...

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  10. My Bluestocking Story: Kate

    Posted 14 August 2014 by Julie Ann Veal (Women)


    I'm the blue-stocking daughter of a blue-stocking mother. I didn't realise, growing up in the seventies, how unusual it was that my mother had been one of the first students at UNE in the early ...

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