Report to February 14 Council
Glenn spoke to a very well-attended meeting of Council on Saturday about how EA negotiations are progressing. There is still a way to go. But the conversation is no longer about whether excessive workload is a problem. It's about how to fix it.
It is pleasing that there is now recognition that teacher workload is a problem in schools.
Over a thousand members armed us with evidence by completing our survey, hundreds wrote to the Minister, and many members participated in workload focus groups jointly conducted by the AEU & ETD.
The conversation is no longer about whether there is a problem. It’s about how to fix it.
Our core claim for reduced face-to-face hours to allow time for PLCS remains a live claim.
Following the workload focus groups we jointly conducted with ETD, dialogue is occurring about current tasks teachers are performing that i. don’t need to be done at all or ii. could be more appropriately performed by other school staff. The latter area intersects with the School Assistant Classification Review, currently underway, which has been set up to clarify the role of School Assistants.
Branch Secretary, Glenn Fowler, emphasised that we will absolutely not accept a scenario where workload is simply shifted from one group of workers to another. Additionally, we need a solution that is guaranteed across the system, rather than something that is contingent on site-by-site negotiation.
Resolved in principle vs still under discussion
Beyond our core claim, Glenn outlined those claims that have been accepted in principle at the bargaining table and those that are still being discussed. Please refer to our log of claims to learn more about the substance of each claim - http://www.aeuact.org.au/aeu_serves_log_of_claims
Resolved in principle
Still under discussion
Claim 3: Maximising permanency
Claim 4: Certainty for teachers nearing retirement
Claim 5: Supporting teachers who are leaving a school against their will
Claim 6: Payment of fees for applying for certification against national standards
Claim 7: The guarantee of paid time for WSRs
Claim 8: Time for AEU Sub-Branches to meet
Claim 9: Paid maternity leave for employees who are on LWOP and working for an employee organisation
Claim 10: Appropriate synergy between all teacher appraisal instruments
Claim 11: Domestic Violence Leave
Claim 18: Teachers at Birrigai@Tidbinbilla and Instrumental Music Program
Claim 19: Birrigai@Tidbinbilla
Claim 21: Salary back-dating
Claim 22: Professional Learning requirements
Claim 24: School Leader placements
Claim 26: New Educator Support Plans
Claim 28: Central funding of industrial leave
Claim 2: Salaries
Claim 12: School Principals
Claim 14: ICT in schools
Claim 15: Teachers of VET
Claim 16: Teacher Librarians
Claim 17: School Psychologists
Claim 20: Analysis of Potential Workload Impacts
Claim 23: Payment to Casual Relief Teachers meeting TQI Professional Learning requirements
Claim 25: Different kinds of School Leader positions
Claim 27: Acceptable temperature for workplaces