Thanks Mandy Jackson: Union-proud advocate calls time on extended career

The Australian Education Union extends its sincerest gratitude to AEU Executive member and outgoing Branch Councillor Mandy Jackson who recently retired from the Department after 46 years’ service and commitment to education.

Starting out as a laboratory technician on the state’s North West at age 17, Mandy became a member of the then Tasmanian Teachers Federation before going on to fill several leadership positions with the state’s Education union.

Mandy’s unwavering commitment to Education in Tasmania, along with her deep knowledge and expertise in various areas, has no doubt helped improve education outcomes.

Mandy described her journey with the AEU.

“I have always been in the union since I joined TTF as a 17 yo as lab techs were under teachers agreement then, like ESS are now,” she said.

“I think I’ve been a Rep since before 2000 and on council not long after. I have been on Exececutive since Jean Walker was president.

When John Pace was TAFE President I used to travel with him, Rod Viney, & Greg Hales. We used to have a blast.”

Mandy has been a forthright, knowledgeable, and strong leader in her area of education support staff (ESPs), advocating for better conditions and pay for some of the unions most vulnerable members.

Mandy has contributed greatly to the AEU over many years.  Those who know Mandy will understand she is always there for members with care and compassion and works to grow the AEU at every opportunity.  Mandy is always approachable and knowledgeable in making workplace changes to enhance the working conditions of ESPs. 

We thank Mandy for her service and wish her all the best in her next chapter.