The most powerful tool in the ongoing battle to reduce workload is your school’s local consultative committee (LCC).
Part of the role of the LCC is to review and consider whether current practices that aren’t worth the time and energy that goes into them should be scrapped.
So a functioning LCC (or in small schools, a clear process of consultation) is vital when it comes to controlling workload, as well as implementing other aspects of the certified agreement.
How does your school’s LCC measure up? Consider the following questions, and if the answer to any of them is no, it’s time to take action to secure the necessary changes!
- Does your school have a functioning LCC, or if a small school, a clear process for consultation?
- Does your LCC comprise four management representatives (selected by the principal – including the principal) and four union Representatives – two QTU, one Together, one United Workers Union (determined by the unions)?
- Does the LCC meet regularly (at least once a term)?
- Are the matters to be discussed at the LCC published prior to the meeting to ensure consultation can occur?
- In a small school, is input sought on matters impacting on workload, working conditions or change?
- Is there a process to place issues on the agenda/raise these issues?
- Are minutes of the meetings/records of consultation processes kept?
- Are outcomes of the meeting published?
Check out www.qtu.asn.au/workload-entitlement-checklist for more suggestions of ways to tackle workload.
Uploaded 4 March 2020