Special EB edition

What's happening?

A couple of weeks ago, a FLARE was sent out discussing several topics, one of which was enterprise bargaining (EB) - what it is and why it has to happen.  There was a link which allowed you to look at the priorities as determined by QTU members. Click here to see.

Where are we now?

Well, it’s hotting up! In order to ensure we are ready to go and have all of our bases covered, the QTU is about to ballot members to ensure that we have options if we can’t reach an agreement with the state government (our employer) by July 31. Tomorrow, 1 June, the Union will apply to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) for an order that will allow us to take protected industrial action to support our EB claim (if we need to).  

What does this mean?

We need to conduct a ballot because:

  1. we are bargaining under Newman government legislation that makes it really difficult to take protected industrial action
  2. the legislation requires the Electoral Commission of Queensland to conduct the ballot via a postal vote
  3. it will take 10 weeks to conduct the ballot – AHHH!
  4. if we wait too long it will minimise any impact we might have to ensure our claim is successful - the TIME IS NOW!

What will the ballot include?

The ballot will look at a range of options for teachers to undertake should an agreement not be met.  These will include a series of work bans and a full day stoppage (a 24 hour statewide strike).  It is important to remember that this will be a last resort and will only occur if an agreement cannot be reached.  As teachers, we take this very seriously and will have done everything possible to prevent it, but if it occurs it will be because we have been given no other choice.

Why do I need to vote?

Unless 50 per cent of eligible QTU members vote and return their ballot paper, AND at least 50 per cent of that 50 per cent vote in favour of the action, we will not be able to undertake any protected industrial action. This return is required by the legislation.  QTU members must send a strong message to the government (our employer) that we are united in support of our EB claims.

How do I make my vote count?

  1. Be eligible – you must be a financial QTU member and you must be employed by DET as at 1 June 2016.
  2. Update your postal address with the QTU to make sure your ballot paper gets to you. Click here to update your details.
  3. VOTE in FAVOUR of taking protected industrial action.

If you have any more questions, contact Lynn Cowie-McAlister via email at services@qtu.asn.au

[31 May 2016]

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union