Second Offer Offers Nothing New
No resourcing provided to ensure that the average working week of teachers is reduced from 50 hours to something more reasonable.
As reported in The Canberra Times, the ACT Government will make a second offer for a new Enterprise Agreement on Tuesday. It is extremely disappointing that it appears to offer very little that is new.
The pay offer is exactly the same as the one made on October 24 last year.
Months of negotiation have since occurred on achieving meaningful reductions in teacher workload.
This offer appears to provide no resourcing to ensure that the average working week of teachers is reduced from 50 hours to something more reasonable.
On April 1, Glenn Fowler, as your representative, met with the Minister for Education, Joy Burch. He advised the Minister that Council had resolved that a reduction in face-to-face hours must be part of a final Agreement that is acceptable to us. The Minister agreed to put to the Chief Minister our request that additional resources be found to fund this claim.
Almost a month later, the Minister has not made any further contact. The AEU has been informed of an imminent new offer only by the media.
It appears this offer is an exercise in avoiding rather than addressing the burning issue of excessive workload – and our genuine desire to have the time to learn from each other to improve student outcomes.
This latest offer will be formally considered at May 9 Council. Councillors – please make sure you’re there!