Instrumental music teachers to work to rule
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 124 No 1, 15 February 2019, page no. 8
Tired of being called upon to work in excess of award provisions, instrumental music teachers and instructors have voted in favour of a work-to-rule directive.
They have had enough, and in two separate ballots at the end of 2018 voted in favour of action.
The award contains the following provisions for instrumental music teachers and instructors.
- Rostered duty time of 30 hours per week, consisting of group instructional time and five hours per week of ensemble rehearsal time.
- Time spent on incidental duties (conducting a maximum of 20 concerts outside rostered duty time per year, maximum of five days per year of music camp, and maximum of 8 parent support committee meetings per year).
- Commencing no earlier than 08:00 and concluding no later than 16:00, and not being required to instruct for more than seven hours in any one day.
From the start of 2019, instrumental music teachers and instructors who are members of the QTU are directed to:
- access their entitlement to a daily 45-minute uninterrupted meal break
- not conduct concerts outside of rostered duty time, if it would mean that they would exceed the maximum of 20 concerts
- not conduct rehearsals, or associated supervision duties, outside of the hours of 08:00 to 16:00
- not prepare or provide samples of student work for moderation, nor attend moderation meetings, nor provide A – E reporting for instrumental music students
- not provide data for QCE reporting
- not send recruitment letters, nor show the recruitment video
- aside from mandatory reporting, not provide any reports on OneSchool, including parent contacts
- not participate in annual teacher performance meetings, aside from those agreed to at base schools that are in accord with the joint statement
- not participate in triads, or any other method of collegial engagement, aside from those in a base school that are in accord with the joint statement.
The QTU congratulates instrumental music teachers and instructors for the strong stand that they are taking in the continued campaign for fairness and teacher wellbeing.