Instrumental music teachers' bulletin, 28 June 2019
STOP PRESS: Department’s blarney continues
The QTU is again appalled to have received reports that some instrumental music teachers and instructors have received incorrect advice from their employer, this time regarding the industrial action planned for Thursday, 18th July.
In accordance with the results of the protected action ballot that was conducted in schools throughout the state, all members of the QTU employed by the Department of Education are hereby directed to stop work for a period of 24 hours on Thursday 18 July 2019.
The QTU has prepared EB9 resources and materials to support all QTU members in undertaking the stop work that can be accessed of the QTU website.
A special message from the General Secretary
The QTU has had busy start to the year, not least of which is as we negotiate two replacement certified agreements; our schools EB9 and EB10 on behalf of our TAFE Division members. You will be aware of the specific parts of our EB9 log of claims that seek to improve conditions for instrumental music teacher and instructors, specifically:
- Alignment of rostered duty time for instrumental music teachers/instructors with other teachers to address additional hours of work
- Class sizes for instrumental music teachers/instructors specifically addressing combinations of different instruments
- Supervision arrangements for instrumental music teachers/instructors to be revised for large ensemble rehearsals over 28
- Non-contact time increase for instrumental music teachers/instructors
- Joint statement for instrumental music teachers/instructors
- Review eligibility provision for instrumental music instructors to access the Experienced Senior Teacher classification
- An allocative methodology review to include instrumental music teachers to ensure equity and transparency, particularly as the Queensland government delivers its commitment to fund additional instrumental music teacher positions.
The QTU’s work continues over the winter vacation as we host our biennial conference. I know that instrumental music teachers have actively engaged in our union’s democratic processes, perhaps resulting in being elected by their branch, and I look forward to the strong representations on behalf of the profession of those successful candidates. Conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two years and set the agenda for the next two years.
I continue to be proud of the courage of our QTU members who are employed as instrumental music teachers and instructors. Our collective union membership has engaged in activism to address workload, but the courage of our instrumental music teachers in seeking a work-to-rule directive, supporting it in two separate ballots, and living the work-to-rule directive, that I know can lead to difficult conversations at the local level, has simply been an outstanding example of the fundamental principles of collective and organised labour. To assist with local conversations, remember there is a Frequently Asked Questions section in the QTU’s February Instrumental Music Bulletin. With a great sense of frustration, I note that unfortunately, the answers have not changed.
I celebrate what we have already achieved, and I stand with you in the continued struggle of the worker, in your daily delivery of Queensland’s unique instrumental music curriculum.
I am unable to attend the forthcoming Maryborough Conference in person, but I have been proud to authorise QTU sponsorship of a pre-conference event to be held at the Maryborough RSL on Tuesday, 9th July. The details of the Maryborough event appear below, along with details of our EB rally on 3rd July in Brisbane.
QTU’s sponsored Maryborough event
our members employed as
Instrumental Music Teachers/Instructors &
Classroom Music teachers
to join us for light supper.
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tuesday, 9th July
QTU’s rally for improved pay and conditions