To QTU members
Ballot and Budget
QTU protected industrial action ballot
With only eight days left in the QTU protected industrial action ballot it is important that you submit your vote with your Union Representative at your school in order to maximise member participation in this ballot.
The trigger to proceed with industrial action will be the absence of an acceptable offer from the Queensland Government that addresses ALL OF THE FOLLOWING core elements of the QTU claim:
- a new classification structure and salaries for promotional positions;
- factors to mitigate increasing workloads;
- processes to address gender employment inequity;
- salaries that achieve inter-system, inter-state comparability and address the increasing cost of living.
Supply teachers and temporary teachers who are not currently at a workplace can participate in the ballot online. An email with further information was sent to supply teacher members on Thursday 6 June.
The ballot closes on 21 June. All results must be received by the QTU by 5pm that day. The ballot should be conducted at the workplace before Friday 21 June.
Ballot returns must be entered into MyQTU by 5pm Friday 21 June.
Holiday EB rally
Date: Wednesday, 3 July (in conjunction with QTU State Conference)
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Queens Park, Brisbane
Rally and march to Education House (department HQ) and 1 William St (government HQ)
More details to follow | Download the RALLY FLYER
The 2019-20 Queensland Budget allocates $13.761 billion to the Education and Office of Industrial Relations portfolio, including $13.302 billion to school education, $293 million to early childhood education and care, and $167 million to the Office of Industrial Relations.
With Queensland’s population growth and increasing enrolments in state schools, it is no surprise that the $13.302 billion budgeted for the Education and Office of Industrial Relations portfolio is a record spend. The QTU State Budget Submission called for the Queensland Government to increase the proportional share of education funding to 25 per cent. School improvement initiatives will be supported by providing $270 million in Investing for Success funding directly to schools. The QTU notes that the Queensland Government has continued to increase the proportional share and that in the 2019-20 education has grown to 24.9 per cent of the Queensland Budget.
The Small Business, Employment and Training portfolio receives an allocation of $978 million for training, an increase of 2.5 per cent. The QTU recognises the heavy lifting of the state, and that the Commonwealth share of the state’s training budget continues to decline, from 43.7 per cent in the 2016-17 Budget, to 34.1 per cent in the 2019-20 Budget.
QTU campaign wins
QTU members can be proud of our Union’s campaign to secure the Queensland Government’s to the ongoing funding of Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDP) across the state. QTU members have campaigned for the government to commit to making ECDPs a permanent feature of our education system since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) threatened their future. $63.6 million is allocated over the next four years to secure the current policy and provision of ECDPs.
QTU members can also be proud of the Queensland Government’s announcement that it will allocate $100 million over four years from 2019-20 for priority state school air-conditioning projects, as well as the commitment to continue the roll-out of the $97 million Advancing Clean Energy in Schools program that upgrades and installs solar and energy efficiency measures in Queensland state schools. Both of these measures were included in the QTU’s State Budget Submission that was delivered to the Queensland Government with the support of a QTU Council debate and branch activism.
In another win for QTU members, the Queensland Government commits to implementing the findings of the Queensland Review of NAPLAN. Members will recall that one of the conditions of our decision to lift the ban on NAPLAN Online was that a Queensland review of NAPLAN be undertaken.
The QTU state budget submission has called on the Queensland government to allocate funds to maintain downward pressure on class sizes in schools. The 2019-20 budget includes a commitment to employing more than 1,000 extra teachers as part of the government’s larger commitment to employ more than 3700 new teachers by 2021-22.
The budget papers also commit to supporting state school students' mental health and wellbeing through the provision of Mental Health Coaches and additional specialist Guidance Officer positions. The QTU state budget submission called for funding to secure an additional allocation of Guidance Officers.
Extra positions announced for the Department of Education in the budget include 240 teachers and teacher aides to give students with disability more support.
To meet growing demand, the Queensland Government has committed to a program of building new schools and upgrading existing schools. There are five new schools planned for 2020 at a cost of $1.4 billion over five calendar years. The QTU welcomes the announcement of a new special school at Palmview and urgently needed redevelopment and expansion of Caboolture and Currimundi Special Schools, which collectively attract $69 million..
Buildings and maintenance
The QTU State Budget Submission called on the Queensland Government to both establish a capital works fund to ensure that every community has access to modern state-of-the-art school facilities and commit to resolving long standing school maintenance issues. The QTU welcomes the funding allocation in the 2019-20 Budget to continue the Renewing Our Schools program, as well as the commitment to maintain school maintenance funding at one per cent of state school asset replacement value and subsequent allocation of $225 million in 2019-20 for this purpose.
Instrumental music teachers and instructors directed to work to rule
QTU members who are employed as instrumental music teachers/instructors are directed to work-to-rule. The QTU congratulates our instrumental music teacher/instructors for their courage in supporting a work-to-rule directive in two separate ballots at the end of 2018, and for holding the line on the work-to-rule directive since its commencement at the start of the 2019 school year.
The action that our instrumental music teacher/instructor members are taking is tackling increasing workload and work intensification, and is forcing the Department of Education to review instrumental music policies and industrial instruments to deliver fairness to our members.
The work-to-rule directive is in nine parts and can be viewed on the QTU’s website.
Instrumental music teachers/instructors who are members of the Queensland Teachers’ Union are hereby directed to work-to-rule in accordance with the conditions of the industrial instruments, including:
4. not preparing or providing samples of student work for moderation, nor attending moderation meetings, nor providing A – E reporting for instrumental music students
The QTU has consistently articulated a willingness to work with the department, school leaders and individual members to resolve matters related to the work-to-rule directive. The QTU has engaged in good faith negotiations with school communities throughout the state to support the implementation of the work-to-rule at the local level. Such local conversations should not undermine the work-to-rule. Nor should such conversations result in additional workload for instrumental music teachers and instructors who are members of the QTU. If the QTU’s good faith negotiations are creating additional workload challenges, the QTU reaffirms members of the QTU are directed to not provide A-E reporting for instrumental music students.
The QTU strongly encourages school leaders to call on the department to meaningfully consult with the QTU on the range of policy and industrial matters that have led to this action.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064