The Queensland Teachers' Union is currently negotiating a replacement certified agreement. The nominal expiry date of the current agreement is 30 June, which means that the QTU is committed to bargain in good faith as we are now in the peace obligation period.
The single bargaining unit (SBU), which includes the QTU and Department of Education, has been meeting regularly to discuss the QTU’s log of claims. The working conditions of IM teachers are very much a part of these negotiations. The work to rule directive can remain in place during the peace obligation period because instrumental music (IM) teachers and instructors are working to conditions set out in the current agreed industrial instruments.
Prelude é SBU
Your voice is represented at the SBU by Officers of the QTU who understand the unique and important work instrumental music teachers do.
Issues specific to IM teachers have been discussed at SBU meetings, including class sizes for instrumental music lessons. The department has been informed that many instrumental music ensembles consist of 45+ students, which is well and truly outside the award.
The need for a joint statement for instrumental music teachers has also been discussed, as has the need for an allocative model for IM teachers and instructors to ensure equity and transparency across the state.
The QTU also continues to advocate for additional leave provision for IM teachers in recognition of the additional work you do.
Our voice is as strong as our membership, and in recognition of 130 years of the QTU and its strong membership, the Union is offering half price membership fees to all new members from Friday 3 May until Friday 28 June.
With this is mind, and such important and ground-breaking work being done industrially for instrumental music teachers, there has never been a better time to encourage your non-member colleagues to join the QTU and add their voice to the cause.
In order to keep yourself updated as we go through EB9, there are multiple sources of information available. Sources of information include the Queensland Teachers’ Journal and the website, which lists all branch meetings – open to all QTU members to attend – and of course you can receive updates face to face from your local QTU Organiser. The QTU’s Executive also regularly receives updates on the progress of the EB9 negotiations. Progress is reported through EB Bulletins as often as possible, while remaining true to the good faith bargaining guidelines. State Council consists of elected delegates from every branch throughout Queensland and is the supreme decision-making body of the QTU. The next IM Teachers Bulletin will be provided after Council meets on 25 May.