Well, this year isn’t going to plan... and not just marginally so!
Since the end of Term 1, the QTU has been operating remotely to support QTU members across the state.
The meeting of QTU State Council scheduled for 23 May has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 may have stopped unionists marching on Labour Day 2020, but that didn’t stop QTU members celebrating the achievements of working Australians and the union movement.
On Tuesday 28 April, Queensland unions joined others around the world in observing Workers’ Memorial Day, the international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made physically or psychologically unwell by their work
Teachers and principals are working harder than ever before because of COVID-19. How much more can be asked and achieved?
Across the month of March, the QTU grew by more than 1,000 members, taking membership past 48,000 for the first time in our proud 131 year history.
Schools don't just teach students the curriculum – they also teach or enable connection and belonging to school; community and broader society.
It's been an unprecedented few weeks for the Queensland's state school system, with the situation seemingly changing on a daily basis. Here QTU Deputy General Secretary Kate Ruttiman looks back on an action-packed period.
As a result of the global health pandemic, the P-10 Australian curriculum was modified and condensed to six key learning areas: English, maths, science, and HPE for students in prep-year 10, with the addition of the humanities and social sciences (HASS) for years 3-10.
A global discussion has begun regarding the gendered nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic, social and health impacts.
The department’s Flexible by Design toolkit, available on OnePortal, has been an asset in responding to the pandemic.
Under the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (Qld), the Department of Education must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers (and others) in their workplace.
Given COVID-19, local accommodation committees (LACs) should consider such moves carefully and plan them with incoming or exiting tenants.
The COVID-19 crisis has pushed many teaching staff into circumstances which are new and challenging. For most vocational educators, online flexible or distance delivery is one of these spaces.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that recent weeks have been particularly uncertain and unsettling for temporary teachers.
There is no easy stress management solution for teachers and school leaders right now. It’s in your own interests, however, to find a mindset that will protect your wellbeing in the months to come.
While business as usual is on hold for the time being, the QTU’s emphasis on workload reduction remains unchanged.
Wedding leave / promotional increments
The QTU has welcomed the release of the department’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy.
If you are leading an alluring double-life as an Instagram influencer, be careful not to neglect your public service obligations as a teacher employed by the Department of Education.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that all of QuEST’s face-to-face professional development programs are on hold, online courses are still available.
Closing date 1 June.