Instrumental Music Teachers’ Bulletin, 25 January 2019
Instrumental Music Teachers/Instructors directed to work to rule
In two separate industrial ballots in term four of 2018, instrumental music teachers/ instructors voted overwhelmingly to support work-to-rule measures in response to the Department of Education’s continued failure to address hours of work and work intensification in a replacement Instrumental Music Teachers/Instructors Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
The work-to-rule directive takes effect from the commencement of the 2019 school year.
Instrumental music teachers/instructors who are members of the Queensland Teachers’ Union are hereby directed to work-to-rule in accordance with the conditions of the industrial instruments, including:
- accessing their entitlement to a daily 45 minute uninterrupted meal break
- not conducting concerts outside of rostered duty time, where such concerts would mean that the instrumental music teacher/instructor will exceed the maximum of 20 concerts
- not conducting rehearsals, or associated supervision duties, outside of the hours of 08:00 to 16:00
- not preparing or providing samples of student work for moderation, nor attending moderation meetings, nor providing A – E reporting for instrumental music students
- not providing data for QCE reporting
- not sending recruitment letters, nor showing the recruitment video
- aside from mandatory reporting, not providing any reports on OneSchool, including parent contacts
- not participating in annual teacher performance meetings, aside from those agreed to at base schools that are in accord with the joint statement
- not participating in triads, or any other method of collegial engagement, aside from those in a base school that are in accord with the joint statement.
Both of the term 4, 2018, work-to-rule ballots highlighted the urgent need for additional leave provisions, that recognise instrumental music teachers/instructors work outside of hours, conducting performances, attending camps, and attending meetings. Additional instrumental music teachers/instructors leave provisions will be a priority matter in the QTU’s enterprise bargaining negotiations in 2019.
After more than a decade of delays in negotiating a replacement MOA, the QTU did secure enhanced provisions in the Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors MOA including:
- establishment of an Instrumental Music Reference Group to facilitate consultation between the Department of Education and instrumental music teachers and instructors
- recognition of fatigue management
- ensuring the provision of appropriate and functional workspaces for lessons and ensemble rehearsals
- 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.
A separate bulletin about the instrumental music teachers/instructors work-to-rule measures will be provided to school principals.
To assist Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors, the QTU has produced the following text that can be provided to parents and students.
Queensland teachers and our union are committed to ensuring every state school can deliver great outcomes for our students, including through our state’s instrumental music programs.
Instrumental music teachers regularly perform out of hours work that includes conducting ensembles, attending meetings and running music camps. While we know that the success of instrumental music programs is reliant on these tasks, our teachers are frequently called upon to work above and beyond their allocated hours of work.
The results of ever increasing teacher work and work intensification throughout Australia’s teaching profession are sometimes reported as contributing to teacher burnout. We also know that teacher working conditions are identified as one reason that insufficient numbers of people are entering the teaching profession that is contributing to a looming shortage of teachers.
These are some of the reasons that the Queensland Teachers’ Union has directed Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors to work-to-rule. That means Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors will be taking their entitlement to a meal break, and it means that they should not be working before 8:00am or after 4:00pm
Research Officer – Industrial Advocate
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064