23 June 2016

Important votes coming up

QTU members will soon be making important voting choices – the outcomes of these votes will have ramifications for school funding and for teachers’ and principals’ pay and working conditions.

The first choice will be on 2 July in the federal election. 

This is the last chance to secure the “full Gonski” funding and for schools to be able to continue to realise the benefits that are coming with Investing for Success (previously Great Results Guarantee) funding. The election outcome also will have serious implications for QTU members’ working conditions, with the LNP government tying federal schools funding to performance-based pay and NAPLAN-style testing across all year levels. 

Thank you to all those who have contributed to this campaign, including explaining the benefits of current and future Gonski funding to teachers and parents, as we know many of you have.

For more information on election issues for educators, go to www.qtu.asn.au/federal-election-2016  

The next two choices will be regarding EB8. 

There will be two votes early in term three: one will be a workplace QTU ballot on the acceptability (or otherwise) of the government offer that is on the table before 31 July; this is the last date an in-principle agreement can be reached that can be backdated to 1 July, when the current agreement expires. 

The other will be a ballot on taking protected industrial action, if the government offer is unacceptable. That ballot must be run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland, which means that QTU members will receive their ballot papers via “snail mail”. It is important that the ballot is carried in favour of action if the QTU is to maintain pressure on the government to address the concerns of state school principals and teachers. 

More information on the ballot and EB8 are on the QTU website at www.qtu.asn.au/eb8

Education Leaders Conference

SAVE THE DATE: This year the annual Education Leaders Conference will be held on Friday 14 October. The keynote speaker is Professor Geoff Masters. A flyer advertising the conference will be sent out at the beginning of Term 3

Graham Moloney
General Secretary                               
Paige Bousen
Assistant Secretary – Education Leaders

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