Instrumental music teachers' bulletin 28 November 2018
Improved working conditions reinforced with work-to-rule
The recent ballot of QTU instrumental music teachers and instructors overwhelmingly supported a work-to-rule directive following the department’s consistent failure to address the matter of workload and work intensification in a replacement memorandum of agreement (MOA).
The work-to-rule ballot result was referred to QTU Executive, which met on Monday 26th November.
QTU Executive congratulated QTU members employed as instrumental music teachers and instructors for the strong endorsement of a work-to-rule directive, noting that 93 per cent of members voted in support.
The members of the QTU Executive, who work in schools throughout Queensland’s seven regions, also raised anecdotal reports that members are seeking additional information regarding the status of the MOA negotiations and have expressed concerns about the timing of a work-to-rule.
Consequently, Executive endorsed a second ballot of instrumental music teachers and instructor members.
The QTU recommends a YES vote to support the following:
1. THAT QTU instrumental music teachers and instructors are directed to work-to-rule from 24 January 2019.
2. THAT the QTU sign as a party to a replacement MOA, recognising the range of enhancements to the MOA that the QTU has successfully negotiated already, including:
- the establishment of a statewide Instrumental Music Reference Committee, which, like a school LCC, will comprise an equal number of representatives of employees nominated by the Department of Education and the unions and will meet at least once per term
- provisions for fatigue management following evening performances
- a commitment to appropriate and functional workspaces for lessons and ensembles
- a commitment to appropriate inclusion of travel time to be incorporated into rostered duty time
- a commitment to work towards equitable distribution of instrumental music teachers and instructors across the regions.
3. THAT the QTU include additional leave provisions for instrumental music teachers as a priority in the next round of enterprise bargaining, due to commence in April 2019.
The QTU has already advised the department that the Union will be seeking access to the Experienced Senior Teacher classification for instrumental music instructors in its log of claims.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060