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Instrumental music teachers' bulletin 31 January 2020

Instrumental music teachers and instructors rejoice! 

The Department of Education (DoE) and Queensland Teachers’ Union of Employees (QTU) Joint Communiqué – Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors has now been signed by DoE and the QTU. It was endorsed by the QTU Executive on 28 January.  

The joint communiqué was developed in conjunction with the Instrumental Music Reference Committee (IMRC) as a result of the settlement of the work to rule dispute. It will be an addendum to the MOA, providing further clarification and supporting the working conditions of instrumental music teachers and instructors.

The joint communiqué should be celebrated, as it is the direct result of grass roots activism from our members and QTU Representatives. 

The commitment and solidarity shown by our members throughout 2019 in response to the Instrumental Music Work to Rule campaign should also be applauded. 

It is said that a year makes all the difference.  For instrumental music teachers and instructors across the state, this is true.  Standing together in solidarity during 2019 was just the beginning. Working together is progress, and that progress should be celebrated. 
 
2020 will see the QTU continue to work with the DoE and the IMRC on monitoring the implementation of this joint communiqué, ensuring that the unique working conditions of our instrumental music teachers and instructors across the state are supported. 

QTU members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with their working conditions, using the joint communiqué, along with the Industrial Relations Act 2016, Teaching State Education Award 2016, Certified Agreement 2019 and the MOA. 

A QTU guide, “Unpacking the Joint Communique – Instrumental Music Teachers and Instructors”, is currently being developed to further assist our members and education leaders. 

Kate Ruttiman
Deputy General Secretary
Mel de Waard
Research Officer

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