TAFE Newsflash 14 December 2019 | pdf
End of 2018 wrap-up
As severe Tropical Cyclone Owen bears down on the far North Queensland Coast our thoughts are with our members and communities across the Cape and Gulf that may be impacted by the event. Check the QTU, TAFE Queensland or CQU websites for information on the weather event and QTU support if required
Farewell to QTU Vice-President
The Queensland Government has announced that former* QTU Vice-President, Ms Samantha Pidgeon, has been appointed to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) and will commence duty in this new role on 17 December 2018.
Ms Pidgeon is the first QTU member or officer to ever be appointed to the QIRC in our almost 130 years.
As a consequence of this appointment, the position of Vice-President is now vacant. The QTU rules provide a process for dealing with such vacancies and the QTU will now apply to the Industrial Registrar for approval for an election to be held for the vacant position sometime in the new year.
In the interim, internal arrangements will be made to carry on the work performed by the Vice-President until a full election can be completed. Check back to the QTU website for more information.
* Sam resigned from her role as QTU Vice-President effective 12 December 2018.
The year ahead
2019 will be another bumper year for TAFE, vocational education and the QTU as we continue to win with members. In addition to the regular work of supporting teachers and managers, a few of the major projects include:
- EB10 in TAFE Queensland where our priorities are: fair salary increases for all; workload management; effective consultation; reforms to programming; measures to address gender pay equity issues
- ongoing work with the implementation of the CQU certified agreement
- TAFE funding as a key component of the federal election campaign
- resolving issues with the Student Management System (SMS), Master Product and Connect
- the QTU will celebrate our 130th anniversary.
Thanks for another great year
As we approach our 130th anniversary:
- We have never been larger, 46,000 plus members and growing year on year; TAFE membership of the QTU continues to recover from the difficult times of the LNP government in 2012-2015.
- We continue to grow stronger with proven industrial and professional credentials. We have taken action on programming disputes and workload in a number of institutes and developed a model for addressing such issues into the future. We have supported successful negotiations for team-based working arrangements and begun implementation of these changes.
- We continue to win with members – a number of teaching teams have undertaken disputes which have been successfully resolved, while one team is currently working to rule to mitigate workload issues. We have developed a new response to the challenges of the online learning environment including the establishment of a Local Consultative Committee for TAFE Online. These changes were all initiated by members taking action.
Sincere thanks for all that you do to support the education of Queenslanders of all ages and the work of your union. Best wishes for the festive season, a safe and healthy holiday and a great new year.
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064