Instrumental music teachers' bulletin, April 2019
Instrumental Music Reference Committee
QTU members’ fortissimo demands met with department’s pianissimo reply
One of the key issues underpinning the work to rule directive currently in place for instrumental music teachers and instructors has been the failure of the Department of Education to convene the Instrumental Music Reference Committee (IMRC) in accordance with clause 12.2 of the memorandum of agreement. The purpose of the IMRC is to facilitate consultation between the Department of Education and instrumental music teachers and instructors and their Union/s.
Following months of unanswered correspondence, on Friday afternoon the QTU provided the Director-General with the choice: convene the IMRC or the QTU will commence dispute resolution procedures and the department can explain their contempt for instrumental music teachers at the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. A copy of the correspondence sent on Friday afternoon was also provided to Education Minister Grace Grace.
On Monday morning, the department finally broke its silence, and an IMRC meeting has now been set for week 1 of term two.
The QTU holds to the belief that parts 4 to 9 of the work-to-rule directive can be resolved through authentic consultation processes that utilise the IMRC.
The QTU’s earnest intention is that the matter of the work-to-rule will be resolved in a timely manner.
Thank you for continuing to stand up for your working conditions this term. QTU officers will continue to work over the autumn vacation.
If you require any advice or assistance, please call the QTU’s Teacher Assist Desk on 1300 11 7823.
Research Officer – Industrial Advocate
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060
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