1 April 2015

In this issue: Class action for principals | School Leader Annual Performance Review update | QTU Education Leaders' Conference 2015 Date Claimer

Class action for principals

On Monday night, the Queensland Teacher’s Union Executive endorsed commencing a "class action" against the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The action will be on behalf of the QTU principal members affected by food poisoning at the Department of Education and Training’s 2015 Principals' Conference. It will be open to all QTU members who were poisoned at the conference and the aim is to recover compensation above and beyond that provided by workers’ compensation.

The QTU has received legal advice from TressCox Lawyers about the options available and the QTU Executive decision is based on that advice.

If you were one of the QTU principal members affected by food poisoning at the conference, you should contact Paige Bousen (Assistant Secretary – Education Leaders) to find out how to "opt in" or "opt out" of the class action. Email services@qtu.asn.au by Friday 24 April.

Once the QTU has established how many members are interested in "opting in”, these members will be advised of the process to be followed. Members indicating that they are “opting in” should also briefly indicate the nature and extent of symptoms they have experienced, as the QTU is not currently appraised of the full extent of the issues caused.

Background

Approximately 1,250 state school principals attended the department’s 2015 Principals’ Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre between 26 and 27 February.

At least 267 suffered symptoms of salmonella poisoning from food served by the Brisbane and Convention and Exhibition Centre at the conference.

The QTU has received reports that, in spite of returning to work, many principals continue to suffer symptoms of the poisoning and have been told they can expect to do so for some time to come. Some have been told to expect the effects to last for up to two years.

To date, every claim from principals has been accepted by WorkCover on the basis that the injuries arose in the course of their duties.

School Leader Annual Performance Review update

As you will be aware, the negotiated Teacher Annual Performance Review is currently being implemented in schools.

The Queensland Teachers’ Union and Department of Education and Training have reached in-principle agreement on the School Leader Annual Performance Review, and the QTU has negotiated trial schools for implementation. The new process will not be available to all schools until the trial and review are completed. The trial is to occur in term two.

Work is still progressing on the Heads of Program Annual Performance Review.

Date claimer: QTU Education Leaders’ Conference, Friday 15 May

The QTU Education Leaders’ Conference is being held in Brisbane on Friday 15 May.

The keynote speaker is Professor Stephen Dinham OAM, Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Melbourne, National President of the Australian College of Educators and a member of the council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr Jim Watterston, Director-General, Department of Education and Training, Queensland
  • Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers’ Union
  • Kate Ruttiman, Deputy General Secretary, Queensland Teachers’ Union

A series of workshop will also be run on the day.

Invitations will be sent out shortly to all principals, heads of school, heads of campus, deputy principals, HODs, HOCs, HOSES and guidance officers who are QTU members. We also strongly encourage you to pass this invitation on to other aspiring leaders.

Graham Moloney
General Secretary 

Paige Bousen
Assistant Secretary - Education Leaders


 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union