No. 03-16,  4 Feb 2016 | Download as PDF

EB8 claim development meetings commence this week

The QTU will this week continue the process of finalising the draft log of claims by consulting with members at EB8 claim development meetings and at some branch annual general meetings.

The meetings will be an opportunity for members to provide direct feedback on the draft log of claims and make final submissions prior to the claim being formally endorsed at QTU State Council on 12 March 2016.

The 10-month extension to the current agreement (including the interim 2.08 per cent pay rise) granted last year has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2016.  Formal negotiations are due to commence in April with a view to reaching agreement prior to 31 July 2016 so that the increase date of 1 July can be maintained.

It is important that members take this opportunity to provide input to the final version of the claim.  Attending an EB8 claim development meeting will ensure that the views of members from across the state are considered.

The claim that has been developed includes feedback from member consultation that was conducted in 2015 and input from QTU Executive.  Some suggestions from the earlier consultation have not been included because they simply can’t be negotiated as part of enterprise bargaining.

The claim will look to address a number of key issues, with the main focus being on workload and job security. Other issues in the claim include school leader issues, specialist teacher issues, beginning teacher issues and RAIS.

The EB8 claim development meetings will provide members with information about those matters which were considered but which it was determined are not best pursued through enterprise bargaining. They will also ask members to determine the key priorities for inclusion in the claim. Feedback from EB claim development meetings will inform State Council’s consideration of the EB8 claim and will also identify key elements for QTU officers negotiating with the department.

A full state-wide list of EB8 claim development meetings can be found here or go to www.qtu.asn.au.

If you are in a workplace where it is not possible to attend a local area meeting, you should hold a workplace meeting.  Your schools Union Representative will receive a copy of the draft claim through a Union Reps Update.  Feedback can be provided here until COB Wednesday 9 March.

Do not miss your opportunity to have your say on what is needed to improve teaching conditions and address workload.


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