June 13 Council Resolution
June 13 Council acknowledged progress in negotiations but resolved that a number of outstanding issues still need to be addressed by the Government.
Council acknowledges the continued progress in enterprise bargaining negotiations since its meeting on 9 May 2015. This progress has been detailed in AEU communications and also those of the employer.
In particular, Council notes:
- The reinstatement of back pay from 1 October 2014, which could only occur because Council rejected the Minister’s surprise offer of 28 April 2015;
- A central function to monitor workload and sustain workload reduction, which has been agreed since Council rejected the offer of 24 October 2014;
- A $5300 bonus payment for top of the scale teachers and Executive Teachers, which has increased by $2000 since Council’s rejection of earlier offers; and
- A new principal salary structure for principals to be designed and implemented on a set date during the life of the next agreement.
Council welcomes this progress and congratulates the membership on its solidarity and determination to achieve the best possible outcome for teachers, principals and students in our schools.
Council further notes that since its rejection in May of the April offer, the Directorate has agreed to provide “additional resources in every school to make sure teachers are able to do their core role as effectively as possible”. Again this is positive, but Council is not convinced that the resources proposed at this point are adequate.
Council requests the AEU bargaining team to emphasise at the highest levels of Government that an offer will not be acceptable to AEU members until the resources provided to secure the workload reduction that teachers need to collaborate effectively are profound, tangible and clearly defined.
Council notes the Canberra community’s strong support for a greater number of school psychologists in our system and asks the AEU negotiating team to raise this matter at the highest levels of Government until a satisfactory outcome is achieved.
Council recognises the importance of maintaining pressure on the ACT Government at this crucial time in the bargaining and strongly recommends a YES vote to all members in the current protected industrial action ballot.