The NSW Teachers Federation Women's Program was established in 1975 when the Federation received a grant from the Whitlam Government as part of its commitment to women in the United Nations International Year of Women. The Federation's first Women's Officer was Gail Shelston and the program was called "Women's Activities Program". The program was established as an affirmative action program designed to encourage and support women to become active in the Federation and to counter sexism in education across the board. At the 1976 Annual Conference a decision was made to continue the Women's program with a full-time coordinator, whether or not the Federation was able to obtain further Federal Government funding.
The Federation Women's Program has come a long way in promoting Women's activism within the Federation and broader union movement since its inception.
As part of the Women's Program the Federation holds an annual Women's Conference, conducts Trade Union Training specifically for women, runs the Anna Stewart Program and has a full time coordinator.
Phone: 1300 654 369 or (02) 9217 2146
Fax: (02) 9217 2470
Postal: Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst, NSW 1300
Resources and Links for women
Below are links to articles written by the participants of the Anna Stewart Program.
Sally McManus video message to Women’s Conference
The Federation supports the ‘We Won’t Wait’ campaign, coordinated by Unions NSW. Unions are demanding that the Federal Government support a minimum of 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave for all workers by legislating to include it in the National Employment Standards.
The estimated cost of introducing a minimum 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards is just five cents per day per worker.
In 2016 Anna Uren reported to Annual Conference that the Department had implemented its “Interim Salary Review Policy” without negotiating with the Federation. The Department, under the guise of a transition to standards-based remuneration, had decided that when determining a teacher’s pay they would cease to recognise – overseas teaching; any teaching after a break of five years or more; periods of fulltime child-rearing and military service. For some teachers, prior service with the Department or in other states was not being fairly recognised. And for others, decades of experience was being completely ignored.
“On 6 October 2017, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission endorsed a settlement of the dispute lodged by the NSW Teachers Federation over unfilled permanent teaching positions.
The Terms of Settlement will provide 2630 new job opportunities over the next six months for casual and temporary teachers seeking permanent employment.”
Articles of interest from throughout the year
- International Women's Day on Wednesday 8 March 2017
- Collective action will achieve gains for gender equity, IWD event hears
- Equal pay day
- UN Day of the girl child
- Michael Kimmel Ted Talk
- Library Hot Topics
- Libray Hot Topics - Women
- Library Hot Topics - Women DVDs
2018 – Save these dates
Women’s Conference 2018
- Saturday August 25
Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts (Women Only course):
- Surry Hills – June 21 & 22 and November 8 & 9
- Newcastle – March 5 & 6
- Queanbeyan – September 3 & 4
Anna Stewart Program - 2 week programs:
- Term 2 - April and May
- Term 3 - August and September
- Term 4 TBA
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