March 22 Branch Council Endorses Our Claim
AEU ACT Council has passed our bargaining claim. At it's heart is a call to reduce face-to-face teaching hours.
Here are nine key elements of our bargaining claim:
Reduced Face-To-Face Teaching Time
That weekly contact hours for classroom teachers remain 21.5 in primary school and 19 in secondary school but that, of that time, 1.5 hours for primary school teachers and 1 hour p/w for secondary school teachers be set aside to support the development of professional learning communities in all schools. This equates to 60 hours per year and 40 hours per year respectively.
Nationally Competitive Salaries
That ACT teacher and school leader salaries be nationally competitive at all levels. This would sensibly mean that ACT salaries appear in the top three jurisdictions.
ICT We Can Rely On
That an Information Technology Officer (ITO) is guaranteed for each ACT public school to ensure that a teacher’s engagement with ICT is only ever educational in focus and not technical. That additional resources be allocated to ICT in ACT public schools to ensure a stable working network is available at least 98% of the time. (Stable network to be defined as: Teachers and Students are able to use ICTs in classrooms and beyond when and as required.)
Analysis of Potential Workload Impacts
That all new employer initiatives that many have an effect on the workload of staff not proceed until consultation with the Australian Education Union (AEU) Branch (for system initiatives) or Sub-Branch (for school initiatives) has been accompanied by the submission of ETD’s Analysis of Potential Workload Impacts tool. The design of the tool should be revisited by Education & Training Directorate (ETD) and the AEU during this Enterprise Agreement (EA) negotiation.
Acceptable Temperatures in our Workplaces
That ETD guarantees an indoor temperature between 17° and 30° in all workplaces at all times. That ETD agrees to discuss minimum and maximum temperatures for outdoor work.
School Psychologists To Meet Our Students' Needs
That a maximum psychologist:student ratio of 1:500 be recognised in ACT public schools in line with the NSW Coroner’s recommendation, and the number of Full-Time Equivalent positions increased accordingly.
Recognition of the Importance of VET
That teachers of Vocational Education & Training (VET) have a reduced face-to-face teaching load equivalent to or pro-rata of one line for every four lines of VET classes. This time allowance may be accessed on a weekly basis or be accumulated and accessed as needed and through negotiation with the principal.
New Educator Support Plans
That New Educators (teachers in their first three years of service) negotiate with their supervisor during Term 1 a “New Educator Support Plan”. This document should be less than one page in length and should outline the intended use of the New Educator Support Days for that year.
Making TQI Workable for Casual Relief Teachers
That ETD centrally funds Casual Relief Teachers being paid at their usual rate for each hour they spend meeting TQI professional learning requirements, to a maximum of 20 hours per year.
We'll post out complete bargaining claim here soon.
What Happens Next?
• We will serve our claim on the employer on April 1.
• Likewise, the employer will serve its claim on us. These two sets of claims are the point of departure for negotiations.
• The AEU ACT negotiating team will be headed up by our Secretary, Glenn Fowler and our Industrial Officer, Garrett Purtill. They will meet regularly with officials from the Education & Training Directorate to hammer out a deal.
• Our current enterprise agreement expires on September 30 this year. If we haven't signed off on a new enterprise agreement at that point, the current agreement remains in place.
• Once the current agreement expires on September 30, we become able under the Fair Work ACT to consider a range of industrial options to increase pressure on the employer.
• Our bargaining power depends on our unity. Talk to fellow members about the great things we're bargaining for. And please talk to the small minority of our colleagues who are non-members about how, together, we can make a big difference to our own working conditions and our students' learning conditions.