IEU Industrial Assistance Policy for Members, Suspended Members, and Un-financial (non-paid up) Members and Non-Members
1. The Independent Education Union (IEU) is a non-profit member funded organisation, which dedicates its services and industrial assistance strictly to members only.
2. This policy aims to provide the availability of the highest quality advice, advocacy and professional representation in industrial (work related) matters that occur at the workplace on an equal basis to all financial members of the IEU of Western Australia.
3. The resources of the IEUWA are limited and decisions as to the level of resourcing provided to individual (or group of) members will be made in the context of what is also reasonable in balancing the needs of the membership and the organisation as a whole.
4. Ordinarily the IEUWA will provide advice and assistance from the IEU’s industrial staff.
5. The IEUWA does not provide legal advice or support in civil or criminal proceedings in any circumstances.
6. Membership does not automatically entitle a member to legal representation at the IEUWA’s expense. Each case is assessed on its merits by the General Secretary, taking into account the:
a) Prima facia evidence presented;
b) Reasonable prospect of success; and
c) Complexity and gravity of the matter.
7. Where legal representation is engaged to conduct a matter the following rules apply:
a) The IEUwa maintains decision making power over the conduct and direction of the matter, including the decision to withdraw or discontinue the matter in proceedings;
b) Should a member choose to not follow the advice given, or choose separate representation, he/she will bear their own legal costs and the IEUWA will withdraw;
c) As a general legal principle, the IEUWA will cease to act where a member engages independent legal counsel; and
d) The IEUWA may cap the costs of legal representation, beyond which the member would bear the legal costs.
8. The General Secretary may determine that the IEUWA will cease providing support and assistance in circumstances where the General Secretary considers it appropriate, including, but not limited to circumstances where the member:
a) Harasses, bullies or is rude or aggressive towards the IEU staff;
b) Fails to provide information reasonably requested; or
c) Does not accept or fails to act according to the advice provided.