No. 16-18, 10 September 2018 | Download PDF
TO: QTU MEMBERS
Final Week for EB9 Claim Development Workplace Meetings
Today marks the start of the final week for you to have your say at your workplace in the development of the enterprise bargaining claim for next year.
While priority areas for the EB will be securing the outcomes of the promotional positions’ classification review in the next certified agreement, introducing further measures to improve workload and negotiating for improvements to narrow the gender pay gap, several other elements also need to be considered.
At your workplace meeting, you will have the opportunity to identity these elements. These elements include: remote area incentives, class sizes, allowances, professional issues, non-contact time, permanency, access to part-time work and workplace health and safety issues
If your workplace hasn’t yet had its meeting, make sure you contact your Union Reps to ensure you have the chance to have your say.
Term 3 Recruitment offer Ending Soon
One of the benefits of QTU membership is having a voice in identifying working conditions that need to be improved and having a say in the acceptability or otherwise of salary offers. The Union bargains from a strong position because the vast majority of teachers and school leaders are members of the QTU.
If you know of a colleague who hasn’t yet joined the QTU encourage them to speak with your workplace rep or organiser about the current recruitment offer.
Fair Funding Now
Congratulations to the members who undertook activities last week to support Fair Funding Now. The list of Queensland supporters continues to grow in our target seats. Activities such as the FFN BBQ team at the Emerald Low and Slow BBQ Cook Off and the FFN designer attire spotted at the Thangool Races on the weekend help get the conversation started. While neither entry came away with the top prize, they are winners in our eyes. The challenge is on – what’s your most creative way of getting the conversation about FFN started?
School Support Staff Industrial Action
As you may be aware, the certified agreements covering teacher aides, cleaners and public service employees nominally expired on 31 August 2018 and are the subject of ongoing bargaining negotiations.
Together Queensland Industrial Union of Employees, the union representing some state school public service employees, has informed the QTU that their members intend to take a range of protected industrial action commencing 10 September 2018.
Today Therapists and Scientific Operations Officers (SOOs) commence their indefinite work bans on particular work. They are seeking recognition for their roles this EB through seeking pay parity for therapists and placement in the technical officer stream for SOOs.
Therapists will take part in work bans commencing today. These bans are indefinite at this stage. The work bans that have been endorsed by members include:
- A ban on undertaking work related to quality assurance or verifications, specifically – SLI verification submissions and SLI quality assurance
- A ban on undertaking work related to the uploading of reports to OneSchool
- A ban on undertaking work related to the roll out of the new referral processes for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
SOOs/ Laboratory Technicians will also commence a work ban today to cease undertaking work of a technical nature.
Additionally, a series of rolling one-hour work stoppages will continue across the state this week.
The QTU stands in solidarity with the members of Together Union and supports them in their right to take industrial action to further their campaign.
Consequently, members should not take on any duties or responsibilities that usually are performed by Together members and are subject to the industrial action.
If you wish to send your colleagues in the Together Union messages of solidarity this can be done at Schools@together.org.au