Founded in 1984, the Australian Education Union has quickly become the third largest trade organisation in the country, representing 155,000 schoolteachers and other education workers. This study charts the evolution of this remarkable organisation, which has been both the author and the subject of tremendous change throughout its short history.
Extensively researched using the AEU’s own archives, The Australian Education Union focuses on forerunners to the AEU and the beginnings of education trade unionism; the union’s part in curriculum change, industrial relations reform, and improving the role of women and indigenous educators; the response of the AEU to shifts in the education sector and industrial relations; and the political behaviour and influence of the AEU on the education policies of successive governments.
Featuring legal, political, industrial and historical perspectives, the multi-disciplinary approach of Andrew Spaull’s research comprehensively covers the union’s many facets.
The Australian Education Union is an excellent resource for students of labour studies, educators, and university and union libraries alike.