No. 18-18,5 October 2018 | DOWNLOAD PDF
To QTU Members
5 Oct 2018 : Welcome back to term four: EB9 draft claim/member workload survey/new member offer
Welcome back to term four! Hopefully, you are feeling refreshed and invigorated after the vacation and ready for the final term of the 2018 school year.
What is in the EB draft claim?
At the end of last term, 97 per cent of members who attended the special meetings to develop the EB9 claim determined that the three key elements of the EB claim will be:
- Promotional Positions Classification Review (PPCR)
- gender pay equity
Members were also asked to rank other issues in order of importance, and they decided that the priorities should be:
- class sizes
- non-contact time (NCT)
- incentives for rural and remote locations
- professional issues
- workplace health and safety.
99 per cent of QTU members who attended these meetings also acknowledged that when determining the acceptability or otherwise of salary increases, the QTU Executive considers factors such as: interstate comparisons; government wages policy; increases in other education sectors; negotiations regarding conditions; inflation; other cost of living indices and the timing of increases (e.g. impact of date of increases on superannuation and other benefits).
What happens next?
The draft claim will now be considered by members at branch meetings and/or area meetings in the first four weeks of term four. These meetings will provide members with the opportunity to consider the outcome of workplace meetings and ask questions regarding the final draft claim, prior to its consideration by State Council on 3 November.
The claim will then form the substance of negotiations when these commence in 2019.
Keep an eye out for an invitation to your next branch meeting (or area meeting). You can also check the dates for these on the QTU website.
Member workload survey
As part of the 2018 workload strategy, the QTU has commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), an independent, not-for-profit research company, to conduct a workload survey which opens on Monday 8 October and closes on 10 November. The results will help us get a better picture of how your workload is impacting on your wellbeing, providing the QTU with rich, reliable data to inform EB negotiations with the department.
The survey aims to gather comprehensive, reliable data about the workload of teachers, heads of program, guidance officers and principals. Dr Lawrence Ingvarson and Dr Sheldon Rothman from ACER will be working on the analysis of the survey questionnaire and preparing a comprehensive report, which is expected by the end of the school year.
ACER has conducted similar workload surveys of AEU members in Victoria (2016) and Tasmania (2017), which have produced valuable data for those AEU branches.
Members’ preferred email addresses have been provided to ACER to enable them to email the survey directly to members, inviting them to participate in this important research. The data from member responses will be aggregated and de-identified for the final report.
You will receive a direct email from ACER inviting you to complete the workload survey. It is anticipated that the survey will take between 15-20 minutes to complete, and it is vital that as many members as possible complete it - through to the last question. There will be weekly reminders to complete the survey to ensure that we achieve a 33% response rate.
While the survey questionnaire may seem lengthy, please be assured that the time and reflective thought that you invest in this task will result in a rich resource of very valuable data. Your detailed responses will enable ACER to perform a rigorous analysis on the effect of workload on your working lives.
New member offer
During term four, we are offering non-members the chance to join the Union for just $40 if they opt to pay by direct debit or credit card.(Conditions apply)
This one-off charge of $40 will provide them with all the benefits of full membership until the end of the year, representing a saving of around $40 for a temporary supply teacher and $100 for a permanent full-time beginning teacher. They will also be entitled to receive information, support and advocacy to help them deal with the many legal, industrial and professional challenges they will face during their career.
Payments for 2019 membership will revert to the appropriate dues for their classification (permanent teachers) or the low flat rate for temporary or supply teachers.
Please encourage any non-members in your workplace to sign up today and join more than 45,750 of their colleagues as a proud member of the Queensland Teachers’ Union.
Best wishes for a successful term,
Acting General Secretary
Authorised by Leah Mertens, Acting General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union