QTU members' newsflash No. 22-19 13 December 2019
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Don't be fooled! Be a member of a real union
Some of you will have heard of a pretend union, touting itself as an alternative to the QTU – the original and best teacher union for teachers and principals in state schools and TAFE.
If you or your colleagues are thinking of the Teachers’ Professional Association of Queensland as an alternative, here’s what you need to know:
1. It’s not a registered trade union
Just because you call yourself a union doesn’t make you one.
- visit workplaces by right (even if it had organisers to visit)
- negotiate or be a part of enterprise bargaining agreements.
Call us old-fashioned if you like, but we think those things (and more that come with being registered), are pretty fundamental to being a proper union.
2. Their legal assistance is not as good as ours
Many have tried and no-one has succeeded in bettering the legal assistance scheme that has developed over more than 40 years with our legal representatives and partners at Holding Redlich – a major national law firm.
We know the firm they use. We’ve seen their offerings to other organisations.
Ours is better.
3. Professional indemnity insurance is unnecessary
You don’t need it. Unless you are negligent, as public servants, you are covered by the indemnity of your employer with our expert legal advice as back-up. If you are negligent, professional indemnity insurance is unlikely to pay up.
Read the fine print.
4. The QTU is not affiliated with any political party
It never has been and, under our rules, there would have to be a referendum of members if we were going to. We don’t donate to political parties or candidates – you can check the returns. We run our own campaigns.
5. Being “apolitical” is shirking responsibilities to members
Newsflash – your employer is the State of Queensland which is run by, you guessed it, politicians. Isn’t it a wonderful opportunity to get to vote on who your employer is going to be every four years?
We negotiate with politicians to get improvements in industrial conditions, school funding, professional rights and more. We analyse policies and platforms and aren’t afraid to say what we think is the best for education, and industrially and professionally for teachers and principals.
They’re frightened of getting their hands dirty in doing the absolute best for members, kids and schools which we know are interconnected.
6. They have no professional capacity
Just because your name included the word “professional” doesn’t mean you have any capacity to work in the professional sphere. We are a professional and an industrial organisation.
7. Caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware.
The Queensland Teachers’ Union has represented teachers and principals in state schools and TAFE for 130 years.
The Union’s mission is “to be the most democratic and representative voice of the teaching profession in Queensland on industrial and professional matters, and in support of public education.”
We are a community of teaching professionals pursuing those objectives.
Here are some more positives about the QTU:
- only the QTU has the capacity to even attempt to deal with broad common issues like workload, behaviour management, occupational violence, school funding etc
- we are teacher and principal-led – we have full-time officials, but our governing bodies are full-time teachers and principals
- we have a presence across the state with organisers and regional offices
- we have the organisational memory of 130 years of the policies, agreements, awards that we have negotiated
- we have a network of 2,700 volunteer Union Representatives across the state
- as more education policy is made nationally, we have a national voice through the Australian Education Union
- we have connections to teacher unions and other unions within Queensland, nationally and internationally
There’s more but it is the last day of school.
We are not perfect – but we are the original and best teacher union in this state. Don’t be fooled. Stay with the strength!
Best wishes for the summer vacation
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060