QTU past campaigns
A snapshot of moments from our recent past (1989-2014). Embedded in these stories are pearls of wisdom that should and must inform the thoughts and deeds of teachers and unionists of today and tomorrow.
Covering the first four years of the Gonski Campaign. For updated information, please see current campaigns...
Curriculum change has been a constant companion of Queensland teachers in the past 25 years, as has the range of factors impacting on what is taught and how.
While reviewing curriculum issues over the past 25 years, I noted that while the names involved in 125 years of QTU curriculum campaigning might have changed ... the issues don’t.
In 1987, the Hawke Labor government introduced fundamental changes to higher education
QTU members took on Campbell Newman’s ruthless slash and burn government in 2012, defending their own rights and more importantly, fighting for the children they teach.
Now, as always, the struggle is to ensure that the officers of the department ... do not undermine hard-fought teaching and industrial conditions of the members of the QTU.
The living conditions endured by teachers in remote areas of Queensland has been an issue for the QTU ever since its creation. In 2008, however, QTU members decided that they had enough.
Between 2005 and 2008, members in Central Queensland lead the way in enhancing the quality and security of teacher accommodation.
This campaign to restore workers' rights and achieve fairer industrial relations laws was one of the most successful union and community campaigns in Australian election history.
The "Class Size Counts" campaign was a significant working conditions component of the 2002 EB negotiations
This campaign was a testament to the tenacity and determination of teachers and their Union
“the most bitter dispute in the history of industrial relations between the QTU and the Department of Education”.
Probably the principal industrial advancement for teachers in the nineties was the achievement of NCT for non-secondary teachers as an award entitlement.
At the time, 11 per cent of secondary classes were already oversized. The proposed cuts would have at least doubled that number.
The success of thiscampaign can be measured by a number of factors including the significant collaboration involved in the development and pilot of the standards and the shift towards support of teacher professionalism.
Many policies today are sourced to disputes at this time.
Teacher transfer has always been an important part of the profession of teaching.