Is Exclusion Discriminatory?

Are federation members allowed to exclude or discriminate another federation member based on race, differences of opinion or for adhering to NSW DET core rules and values?

How often have we felt excluded by few teachers who slander, manipulate or even coerce students in to following their instructions for becoming influential or gaining cheap popularity; the exact cause upon which I have not been able to put my finger. My intention in bringing this matter up is to remind the federation the promise they had made to its members about individual representation. Despite being a federation member for a period of eight to ten years, if I had been isolated or alienated or excluded or discriminated by other teachers who are also federation members influenced by whoever or whatever reasons, I don’t see any point in continuing to be a federation member. The modus operandi of exclusion may not appear significant on the surface level to Federation authorities but is enough to cause an unpleasant, unhealthy environment for any teacher. Unnecessary interference with classroom management and work ethics are a few ways in which teachers are victimised.

I would like to seize this opportunity to use an analogy of how important an individual is to an organisation or to the Federation. If a single brick is dislodged from a wall of a well-constructed building, the building may not fall apart; however, the strength of the wall is questionable as there is the possibility of moisture and other factors causing damage. The individual is always important for any organisation and failure to represent him/her not only leads to unpopularity of the federation but also explains why it is becoming powerless against government’s manipulative strategies. Then emerges the question, “Has the individual sought the assistance of the Federation representative at the school?”. A lack of confidence and trust and probably the realisation that the concern would not be addressed at all could have prevented the victimised from travelling down that alleyway. Should the Federation representative object to this sort of exclusion?

“What remains to be done in the present circumstances?” becomes the crucial question. I see only two alternatives. Either the federation take steps to inform the Federation members and its representatives that in supporting such exclusions of particular staff members they are not upholding the reasons which are the basis on which the Federation has been founded or exists. They are not united. Or having failed to represent the individual, the Federation should then consider refunding the fees that he/she has paid to them as a member for the duration of 8-10 years. I am strong in my conviction that none deserves to be treated in this unjust manner. There is every possibility that this accusation could be regarded as far-fetched and hilarious, however, on serious reflection, you may be able to see the violation of Federation rules at the heart of this complaint.

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