by QTU President Kevin Bates | 12 July 2012

Dear Premier, women can negotiate too

With more than 36 years of cumulative experience in enterprise bargaining negotiations, the Senior Officers of the QTU are well placed to provide the Premier and Education Minister with some quality lessons on the subject of enterprise bargaining negotiations.

To help the Premier and Minister understand the process, this is how the QTU negotiates on behalf of our 44,000 teacher and principal members.

Step 1 – consult with members to identify the issues that are of most importance to the educational professionals working in our state schools. EB7 consultation included 75 branch meetings and workplace meetings as well as feedback from individual members.

Step 2 – develop a log of claims based on these key issues, which is then presented to the democratically elected State Council for endorsement.

Step 3 – appoint the QTU EB negotiating team, drawing on the skills and experience of our industrial advocates and of Senior Officers who have been elected by members to represent their interests.

Step 4 – formally request that the Government begins negotiating.

Step 5 – the QTU negotiating team attend every scheduled meeting with Government-appointed negotiators, focusing on protecting and enhancing those conditions our members have said have the most impact on delivering education services in Queensland state schools.

Premier, please note: we base enterprise bargaining negotiations on democratic, not autocratic, principles.

Here’s how Deputy General Secretary and lead negotiator Kate Ruttiman responded to Government criticism earlier this week that the General Secretary and President had “failed” to attend negotiation meetings.

Read more on the EB Process here