23 February 2021
To QTU Members
QTU TAFE Division staffing changes to support CQU EB21
Welcome to February! We are more than 1/12th of the way through the year already.
The beginning of 2021 has seen some changes within the QTU. As you would already know, Kate Ruttiman has been elected to the position of General Secretary of the QTU. Cresta Richardson and Leah Olsson have been elected as QTU President and Vice-President respectively. I feel confident in expressing congratulations to all three on behalf of the TAFE Division.
There are also changes afoot within the QTU TAFE division. Cresta has assumed the role of the chair of TAFE Council and Executive, presiding over the first TAFE Executive meeting of the year on Friday 12 February.
Other changes are also taking place. In order to facilitate successful outcomes for CQU VET teacher members, a temporary project officer role has been approved to undertake forthcoming negotiations for a replacement Central Queensland University certified agreement on behalf of the QTU/AEU(Q). The current agreement expires at the end of June and negotiations must commence no later than the end of March 2021.
The TAFE Organiser, David Terauds, will be filling this role, taking on a 0.6 workload focused on the CQU EB21 negotiations and working 0.4 in the role of TAFE Organiser. Eloise Gallagher from TQEC Nambour campus will act in the role of TAFE Organiser part-time (0.6) until the beginning of April. She will then undertake the role in a full-time capacity from April until the end of June while David is off-line negotiating with CQU.
Eloise Gallagher is a long-term member of the QTU TAFE Division, serving in various branch roles (most recently as Honorary Branch President and Workplace Rep) and as a longstanding QTU rep on the TQEC LCC. She has attended Women’s Conference as a delegate and was recently elected to both the QTU state and TAFE councils. As a TAFE teacher, Eloise taught music and business at the Nambour campus of TQ East Coast for nearly 20 years, until a recent move in to a learning support role. It is a pleasure to welcome Eloise to the acting TAFE Organiser role.
At this stage, Eloise is working on Monday, Thursday, Friday. David is at work full-time, but will generally be in the TAFE Organiser role on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Both David and Eloise look forward to catching up with you in person or via Zoom soon.
Deputy General Secretary - Member Organising
Authorised by Kate Ruttiman, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street, Milton, QLD, Australia, 4064