We round out the year with school members voting to accept a new salaries Award. Meetings of TAFE members show they’re unified on priorities ahead of negotiations for their Enterprise Agreement. Federation and principal bodies oppose targets that would add to teachers’ workload, plus articles celebrating the work of teachers.
This edition flags workplace meetings for school members about salaries, staffing and membership campaigns; and for TAFE members, the process for determining the next Enterprise Agreement is explained. Federation is seeking the employment of additional permanent teaching positions to significantly increase release time and reduce class sizes, among other long overdue improvements. Check your class size/s against what’s outlined in the schools Staffing Agreement. We also have a special feature on the role of schools during the drought.
We outline Federation’s priorities for school award negotiations. In the meantime, are you being paid what you are owed? In campaign news, Federation members demand of the Department 200 extra, qualified, full-time equivalent permanent English as an additional language or dialect teachers, and a structural solution to overcome rural and remote disadvantage.
Your union has launched a campaign aimed at achieving tangible improvements and equitable resourcing for students with disability. We have updates on salaries campaigns for school and TAFE members. Other stories include member participation in the campaign for immediate resolution of standards-based pay inequalities for teachers in public schools and an overturned expenses decision that will benefit other members.
Read about what measures Federation has been taking to ensure the Department works to rectify the chronic, protracted issues associated with SAP HR. Also in this issue: members in rural and remote schools receive their first payments under a new incentive package, and the next steps ahead of award negotiations.
A strong showing is needed at May Day rallies to indicate to politicians that inequity will be an important issue for voters at the federal election — find out details for your local event. Members’ concerns about excessive workload have been conveyed to a federal inquiry, and Federation is calling for an overhaul of suspension and expulsion procedures.
Ahead of a big year for elections and negotiations, we outline the Federation’s campaign priorities for the year. Also in this edition: NSW political parties reveal their education policies as polling day nears, and the union’s workload campaign gains traction with the Department.
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