WWAM: QTU launches practical subjects campaign

Driven by members' concerns about the risks inherent in the teaching of practical subjects, the needs of the relevant facilities, and the importance of appropriately sized classes for the health and safety of students and members, the QTU has formed a Practical Subjects Campaign Reference Group.

The reference group is made up of 25 members from around the state, teaching in one of the practical subject areas. Members of the group were nominated by their branch, Area Council or by their Regional Organiser.

This group has been considering the most viable and achievable solutions to the identified problems raised by members, including potential industrial and political strategies that can be pursued, with members support, to attempt to resolve the issues through a coordinated campaign.

In line with the QTU’s Staying Well campaign, which is looking at ways to address member workload and wellbeing, a survey has been sent to all members who are identified as teaching practical subjects (i.e. home economics, industrial technology and design, agricultural services and VET in schools programs).

The survey, which closed on 3 November, received a good response which, at the time of printing, is being analysed. These results will be used to inform the reference group as to the next phase of the campaign and in future negotiations with the Department of Education and Training.

Brendan Crotty                                                                                                                      Deputy General Secretary (Member Organising)

Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 122 No 8, 3 November 2017, p10