In 1898 what is now the SSTUWA began its life with 50 members. Since that time the union has played a leadership role in unionism and in education in this state.
The union’s rules state that it must watch over and protect the interests of its members, and that it must promote education. These first two objects of the union make clear that it combines a commitment to ensuring industrial control over the working conditions and rights of members with a broader commitment to be fully involved in the professional rights and interests of members as well as in matters of social justice and equity in which education plays a central role.
The SSTUWA is as strong as its members. Through the collective strength and wisdom of members we can be powerful and influential in the community. Through our democratic processes at branch, District Council, Executive and State Council we can ensure that our decision making and our action is inclusive, representative and powerful.
The SSTUWA has a commitment to a strong public education system which provides every child with the right to a quality education. Our commitment to social justice and equity demands a fair go for every child and young person.
Ultimately our ability as educators to ensure those rights depends on our collective strength in the industrial and professional arenas. It is that collective strength which can ensure our rights as educators are respected, our wisdom valued and our experience central to all decisions on education matters.
Membership, active and involved membership, is the only way to ensure that collective strength.
Members shall abide by the following SSTUWA Code of Ethics
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and future - and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia. We stand in solidarity.
Authorised by Mary Franklyn, General Secretary, The State School Teachers' Union of W.A.
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