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By Andrew David Spaull

Based in 1984, the Australian schooling Union has quick turn into the 3rd biggest exchange organization within the state. Spaull's examine charts the evolution of this striking employer, which has been either the writer and the topic of large switch all through its brief background.

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1984–92) 21 sentation of the branches in the federal structures and minimise the risks of co-registration problems. The only paper dissenting from the gradualist approach was from Van Davy, a former NSWTF and ATF president. He had developed a caustic view of state unions’ attitudes towards national organisations. Their leaders, he felt, did not appreciate the importance of the federal arena in education politics (as he had during his time on the Schools Commission) and that many in the NSWTF’s rank and file (and it is assumed in other state unions) were reluctant unionists when it came to national matters.

This was critical to establishing a national perspective across jurisdictions, via salary benchmarks, to the local negotiations and adjudications for increased salaries to classroom teachers. A national campaign also served the Union’s end in that it provided ample opportunities for it to display its industrial talents and cooperative skills with the state organisations. Some Federation leaders in the mid-1980s felt this type of cooperative venture orchestrated from national headquarters was beyond the capacities of a federation structure, but here in the national campaign of 1989 and 1990 was a practical example of national leadership.

32). But this process was not widespread enough to ensure that an ATF conference resolution in 1985 calling for equal numbers of men and women at future conferences was carried. Thus at the 1986 conference only 23 per cent of the delegates were women, in contrast to some 30 per cent of representation on state bodies (Australian Teacher, Feb 1986 p. 4). 30 THE AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION UNION But the coordinative work of the ATF women’s officer (Joan Corbett) and the growing popularity of the Women’s Conference meant that women teachers were well positioned by 1987 to press further for changes in the representative basis of the Union.

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