Report-Back from May 3 Council
Council had a great meeting on Saturday morning. Here's what we covered.
Special Branch Council May 15
A special branch council meeting will be held at 5.30pm, Thursday 15th of May, at HBCTL. It will be one hour only and will solely focus on the single issue of financial control of the union. Please rsvp here.
Public Education Dinner May 22
It will be a great night. You’re invited and encouraged to book a table for you and your colleagues. More details and buy tickets at http://www.aeuact.org.au/2014_public_education_dinner.
2014 Public Education Award & 2014 Reconciliation Award
If you know someone who would be a worthy recipient of the 2014 Public Education Award or the 2014 Reconciliation Award, please nominate them before May 16. Details here: http://www.aeuact.org.au/public_education_awards and here http://www.aeuact.org.au/2014_reconciliation_award
Two vacancies on Branch Executive
A general membership representative and a preschool representative. Interested members are invited to put in a 200 word expression of interest. Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 16. Read more about the vacancies here.
Proposed Transfer of Financial Control of the Union From Branch Council to Branch Executive
New laws mean, as things stand, every AEU councillor - over 100 of us - will need a full day's financial training before June 30. Given this is logistically challenging, it's proposed that financial control of our union be transferred from Council to our elected 15 member Executive. The June 30 deadline means there is some urgency but it's a significant change so a vote will be held at a special meeting of Branch Council will be held on Thursday 15 May, 5.30 -6.30pm at HBCTL. It's hoped all members will have a chance to reflect on the proposed changes and convey their views to their councillor before then. Read more about the proposed change here.
MTeach (University of Canberra Masters of Teaching)
UC's new Masters of Teaching involves teachers doing significant supervision, including marking. There are significant concerns that teachers receive no extra pay and no time for this and there has been a lack of consultation about practical implementation. Secretary, Glenn Fowler, will pursue this with the Directorate.
Heating and cooling solutions
Glenn wrote to Minister Burch. Minister Burch’s reply acknowledged the Labor Government’s commitment of $70 million for refurbishment of older school stock but did not commit to devoting this money to ensuring there are satisfactory heating and cooling solutions in all schools. We have included this matter in our enterprise agreement claim.
Accelerated Incremental Progression
ETD has moved assessment for acceleration through the salary scale from system-level to school level. We’re worried about 1. workload shift to schools 2. consistency, 3. disincentive to apply (because it will increase colleague’s workload), 4. colleagues granting pecuniary advantage to other colleagues. The employer is obliged under our enterprise agreement to consult with us before making changes. It didn't. On instructions from Executive, Glenn has formally notified the Director-General we’re in dispute, invoking the Dispute Settlement Procedure.
Reliability of ICT
System-wide crash the other day. Fourth crash this year. This is bad for teachers, bad for students and bad for community. Motion passed:
That given the ACT Government has spent tens of millions of dollars on IT for ACT public schools and that the use of and integration of ICTs is a priority of the National Curriculum. The AEUACT demands the ACT Government provide the support required to ensure the IT network in schools (schoolsnet) is available for use at all times, including remote access through the enclave. That if the ACT Government fails to respond immediately to this request that the AEUACT make this a public issue.
AEU ACT Branch Secretary, Glenn Fowler, at the May Day Rally at Old Parliament House, May 3.