IPS action ballot results
The ballot closed on Wednesday 5 December and the results from almost 500 state schools that took part have now been collated. Members were asked to:
- condemn the state government's decision to extend funding for IPS for two more years - 83 per cent in support
- demand that the state government provide funding from Treasury for the full $25 million cost for 2019 and 2020 - 94 per cent in support
- take industrial action should real change in human resources systems in the Department of Education not be delivered by the beginning of the 2019 school year - 80 per cent of schools (434 schools) support taking action, if required.
One powerful message from these results is that QTU members in 75 per cent of the IPS that voted supported the need for change in the human resource practices of the department and will join the strike action.
Members have made their views very clear. The human resource management systems of the department are broken and the IPS that have chosen to operate outside of agreed processes have contributed to that situation. QTU members expect real change that improves human resource practices and delivers benefits for individual employees, schools and the state education system. They demand that transparency, resilience and fairness are restored to the teacher transfer and promotional position relocation processes and that changes must be made from the beginning of the 2019 school year.
On the issue of responsibility for funding the extension of the IPS initiative, 94 per cent of members support the call for the state government to provide the full cost of $25 million to the Department of Education from Treasury rather than it being taken from existing education programs.
The QTU will continue to work through the IPS Strategic Directions Steering Committee to deliver the outcomes needed. We expect announcements about any agreed changes will be made to schools at the beginning of the 2019 school year.
7 December 2018