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Post-pandemic recovery must include action on climate change

“If not now, when?”

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Association spotlight: Bega Teachers Association

The meetings are enjoyable events, during which we are able to socialise and network with colleagues in our association.

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A different take

As General Secretary of our union, I want to put on record my deep appreciation and admiration for the work of public school and TAFE college teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Federation work meets challenges of pandemic

During the COVID-19 restrictions, Federation has faced the challenge of providing professional learning for members and rescheduling many courses, seminars and conferences.

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Menopause can lead to discrimination

Going through menopause while working can be difficult. Menopause typically occurs for women between 45-55 years of age and is often preceded by peri-menopause.

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Staffing win helping to support students with disability during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard our classes and teachers of students with disability. Responsive staff, additional staffing and the loud call for a targeted response to unique site and student needs relieved what threatened to be a disastrous outcome.

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Win from ashes of TAFE EA

Despite the NSW Government walking away from the TAFE Enterprise Agreement in March, Federation has secured a commitment from TAFE NSW for certainty of ongoing employment for long-term temporary employees.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

These are indeed unprecedented times. Your days and weeks have blurred into one, as you’ve turned yourselves inside out and delivered over and above the call of duty. Your dedication and commitment to the cause of public education has been truly remarkable.

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Book reviews

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

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LGBTIQ events provide opportunity for recognition and inclusion

Specific days of recognition or celebration are an opportunity to reflect on how we incorporate and include LGBTIQ perspectives in our schools and subject areas.

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Colour and creativity for IDAHOBIT

LGBTIQ communities around the world celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) with colour and creativity on Sunday 17 May

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Federation wins special considerations for IEC staff and students

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives, testing us like nothing ever before.

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Negotiating a crisis of pandemic proportions

As schools returned at the beginning of this year, we wondered how so many of our teachers and public school and TAFE communities would ever recover from the summer they had just endured.

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Vale Allan Terry

Allan Terry was a proud Life Member of Federation. He died unexpectedly on 3rd May after a long illness.

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TAFE staff meet challenges of pandemic

​TAFE teachers and all related employees have done an incredible job of adjusting teaching and learning delivery to meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TAFE Children Centres lever collective

Federation members teaching in TAFE Children Centres have demonstrated the value of working as a collective to achieve a range of employment and work health and safety protections for all staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vale Jack Mundey (1929-2020)

Jack Mundey, the union leader who inspired generations of activists to build a modern environmental movement, died last night, aged 90.

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ACARA is either incapable or uninterested in protecting our students

Federation has written to ACARA seeking “meaningful action” over the publication in newspapers of school league tables, in contravention of the terms of use of My School data.

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May Day — a day of virtual workers’ struggle

​International Workers Day, 1 May, was this year celebrated virtually, with members from many unions connecting to an event hosted by the Unions NSW May Day Committee.

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Union pulled together as ‘Spanish flu’ hit

​The birth of Federation just over 101 years ago was shaped amid similarly extreme and uncertain times as is the case with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teachers rock as term 2 rolls out

Teachers returned to NSW schools to commence a difficult term on Monday with a spring in their step, overwhelmed by messages of support and recognition for their work from personalities, luminaries and parents around the country.

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