We have now opened expressions of interest for the National New Educator Conference. If you're in your first three years of teaching, you're eligible to apply.
Every year, two ACT AEU members join new educators from across the country at the NEC. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with the industrial issues facing new teachers across the profession. You will develop skills and strategies to protect your rights and be given the chance to network with delegates from across the country.
Congratulations to Anne Brown! She has been elected as the National TAFE Council Delegate! You can click here to view the Declaration Report.
The AEU ACT Office is currently seeking a Case Support Officer, which is part of the industrial team. Th person in the position will:
- Speak with members seeking support relating to workplace industrial rights to identify and advise on appropriate courses of action.
- Act as an advocate with the employer and other relevant agencies to support members to achieve their goals.
- Attend workplace and employer meetings to negotiate and represent worker rights and entitlements.
- Provide accurate and detailed written and verbal advice on complex industrial matters.
- Develop member resources on workplace entitlements for distribution to members.
A myth that seems to surface every now and then in our system is that staff are required to be present at work from 8.30am to 4.51pm. We have recently heard from our school psychologist members that some of you have been told that you must not leave work before 4.51pm.
School Psychologists’ conditions of employment are covered by the ACT Public Sector Education and Training Directorate (Teaching Staff) Enterprise Agreement 2014 – 2018. The 4.51pm “myth” comes from section B5.3 of the Enterprise Agreement, which provides that “The standard hours are 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.51pm, Monday to Friday for a fulltime employee.”.READ MORE
The AEU office has recently received several queries about overpayment.
From time to time, errors are made that lead to employees being overpaid. Because teachers are paid using public money, there is an ethical obligation on the employer to recover amounts that have been paid in error. Clause D5 of the Teachers’ Enterprise Agreement allows the employer to recover amounts that have been overpaid, and makes provisions for a payment plan to be established to avoid causing unnecessary financial hardship on the employee who has been overpaid. If you believe that there are special circumstances, you may apply to have this overpayment waived.READ MORE
In our Council meeting on Saturday, 18th February, our union leaders discussed the AEU NAPLAN Policy, the Protect Our Preschools Campaign, what the ACT Government's priorities on education are post election, the School Assistant and CIT EA Bargaining Update, and an Occupational Violence negotiations report. Council passed the following motions on NAPLAN, the Protect Our Preschools campaign and AEU recruitment.