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President’s wrap

This has been a really tough term for all of us!

When we started our EB campaign in the first half of 2018, we knew we’d have to play the long game and we knew it wouldn’t be easy.

I understand members will be feeling some angst and frustration, it has been an extremely difficult time for all members through a long and protracted negotiation process. Obviously, we are not where we want to be.

More members than ever before have been directly involved in decision making, participated in surveys and meetings, taken industrial action, stopped work and attended rallies. Our union is truly led by members, but with a government committed to cuts rather than investment, we are yet to achieve the results our members and students need.

We are close to agreement, with our key priorities of a reduction in Primary instructional load, fair pay rises, mentoring and support for beginning teachers, support for principals and additional leave for members in isolated schools all still on the table.

Despite a push from the government for our EBAs to be sent to the Industrial Commission for arbitration, our priority remains negotiation. To that end, we have written to the government several times requesting negotiation meetings, however so far they have failed to respond.

Your AEU negotiators strongly believe our unifying offer that retains the key member priorities can be brought to an agreement.

Only sticking together in union will deliver results and we can only move forward and get the results we need for public education if we are strong, together.

In an already busy term dominated by our EBA campaign and negotiations, there were plenty of other issues AEU members were tackling in union – from more NAPLAN failures to a federal election.

It’s welcome news that Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, the states which have the majority of schools, have agreed to conduct a comprehensive review into NAPLAN. They have listened to the concerns raised by the teaching profession about NAPLAN, and we look forward to seeing more detail about what this review will cover. With Tasmania failing to support the review, there’s obviously more work that needs to be done to get our Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, to support a comprehensive review that is truly national.

With the return of the Coalition Government in May, we are unlikely to see any improvement to current funding arrangements for schools. Federal school funding remains grossly unfair, with the bulk of federal funding going to private schools. TAFE has been and continues to be ignored by the federal government. And there is still no funding certainty for four-year-old early childhood education.

Rather than being deterred by the election result, we will return with renewed vigour to the fight for a better future. That means continuing our campaigns to achieve funding justice for public education from the Morrison government and to see greater investment at both state and
federal levels.

I hope you all have a well-deserved restful break.

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Note: AEU member tax statements were issued this morning (9th July 2019) by email. Please check your email and contact the AEU office if you have not received your statement.
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ATSI committee and NAIDOC week

To actively engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across all levels of our union it is our intention to establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee. It is envisioned that this group will offer a support network for our members and to be a forum to raise issues in a culturally safe environment.

We see this as an opportunity to improve understanding of all AEU members about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, specifically as they relate to education. It will also be a means to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander member engagement in the broader business of the AEU and potentially provide pathways in to elected positions and activism (both state and federal).

If you would like to be part of this group please email support@aeutas.org.au

Also remember that NAIDOC Week is 7-14 July 2019

New Educators committee

The AEU is delighted to announce the appointment of Katie Newfield as Interim-Chair of the New Educators Committee for 2019 and is calling for Expressions of Interest from other new educators to participate on the committee.

It is intended that the Committee will meet once a month for a maximum of 1hr via Zoom/Teleconference, with AEU offices across the state also available for members. The specific date/time will be decided in consultation with interested participants to best suit but it is intended the first meeting will occur in the first half of Term 3.

Some of the key topics to be explored initially by the committee include, but are not limited to:

Establishing parameters for how the mentoring support offered in the Teachers Agreement, particularly in year two, is practically implemented to best support new educators.

Provide input into the course content and delivery model of the DoE’s early career teacher’s course to be provided on a voluntary basis in the summer holidays each year.

Create a statement/charter on factors contributing to beginning teacher attrition rates.

Encourage higher member density for beginning educators.

Opportunities for beginning educators to network and gain professional experience

While our definition of new educator encompasses the first six years of their career, teachers in their first three years are particularly encouraged to participate.

To express your interest in, contact Adam Clifford: leadorganiser@aeutas.org.au or call 1800 001 313.

PD in the Pub

Join AEU and IEU members for a look at effective classroom and behaviour management – a skill that all teachers need to continually develop. Engaging presenter Glen Pearsall will give you some practical tips to add to your practice. Hone your classroom skills and enjoy a complimentary drink on us.

Glenn Pearsall was a teacher at Eltham High School and a board member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority. He now works throughout Australia as an educational consultant, specialising in positive student behaviour, instructional practice and workload reduction for teachers.

Register for the Hobart session on 28 August, or the Launceston session on 27 August via Eventbrite at this link: https://aeutas.org.au/events

AEU support with TRB process

Recently AEU members on the East Coast contacted the TRB requesting an information session re: Change of Category Process, because to attend the Hobart session at 3:30pm was impossible due to the lack of relief teacher options available to them and would mean closing the school from 1:30pm.

They were told by the TRB that this was not possible and that they must either complete the online modules or travel to Hobart.

Note: The AEU has raised concerns about the online modules locking members out for one month at a time with the DoE and is awaiting a response.

AEU Principal Organiser John O’Rourke, an approved TRB Registration Support, stepped in and ran a session for members from Swansea and Triabunna schools yesterday.

Swansea principal Jennie Amos remarked: “A great session, very practical and made it all seem less onerous too!”

Get in touch with John at principalorganiser@aeutas.org.au if he can assist your members in the Change of Registration process.

Student teacher conference

This conference is ‘a must do’ before you graduate to learn the practical aspects of finding and starting your teaching career. 100% of attendees in 2018 earned a teaching contract!

A hands-on, engaging conference, run jointly by the AEU and IEU during mid-Semester break and with the support of your UTas faculty leaders, for student teachers on getting your first teaching position.

Click here to check out our little testimonial video from a previous conference

This fun day of professional learning covers CV writing, job interviews, and hearing from Tasmanian principals about what they look for in a new teacher.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is included.

Early Bird tickets are $30, with Late Registration tickets jumping to $50 from August 1.

Student Teacher Conference

Hobart – Thursday 5 September 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. AEU Hobart Office, 32 Patrick Street, Hobart – click here to register
Launceston – Friday 6 September, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Launceston LINC, 71 Civic Square, Launceston – click here to register

Register and buy early bird tickets until 26th August via Eventbrite here: https://aeutas.org.au/events

Personal Leave and Sick Leave

Winter is well and truly upon us and there has been a significant spike in illness amongst both students and staff in schools, TAFE and colleges.

At these times is it always good to know what your entitlements are with regard to leave. So if you want to be sure you have all the right information, please have a look over the AEU fact sheet on personal leave and sick leave.

If you have any questions about leave, you are welcome to contact our member support team at support@aeutas.org.au or on 6234 9500

Find out more in our Personal and Sick Leave Fact Sheet on the AEU website under ‘All Sector Fact Sheets’: click here.

TAFE overtime survey

A reminder that we are inviting TAFE Teachers who believe they are not receiving their overtime entitlements to participate in a survey so we can follow-up their case.

We believe there may be teacher members eligible for overtime payments but who are not claiming their full entitlements. If you have worked for more than two hours each week after 7:00pm, you may be eligible for overtime back-pay.

Complete this survey and we’ll follow-up with you if we think you’ve missed out on your entitlements.

Complete the survey here: https://aeutas.org.au/TAFEsurvey

Life Membership

Nominations are being called for Life Membership of the AEU and should be received by us no later than 20 July 2019.

For full details, please refer to the Life Membership Policy here on our website under About us > Policies and Submissions

Cinema tickets to cease

A reminder that we will no longer be selling cinema tickets into the future because of administrative costs.

We have a small number of Hobart State Cinema and Adult Village tickets remaining for sale but once these are gone, we won’t be re-stocking. Please feel free to call us (1800 001 313) before you pop-in to check how many tickets we have remaining.

Safe at work survey

Everyone has a right to a safe workplace and to arrive home at the end of the working day. Yet every week four people are killed and thousands more seriously injured in Australian workplaces.

Every one of these is preventable!

Working people in their unions are fighting for improved workplace laws and safer workplaces. As part of this work, we are inviting all workers to complete the safe at work survey.

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete but the information you provide will be invaluable. Please take the survey as soon as you can.

Start the survey at this link: https://australianunions.org.au/safe_at_work_survey

The more responses we receive the better informed our workplace health and safety work will be. Once you have completed the survey, please ask your friends and workmates to take the survey too.

UTAS mental health survey

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are conducting a survey of the role of Psychological Capital on Employees Mental Health.

The study aims to investigate the relationship between employee psychological resources (i.e. psychological capital) and mental health and the influence of organisational and union commitment and work-family interface on this relationship.

Participation in the study involves the completion of two brief online surveys, approximately one month apart. All data provided will be treated confidentially.

The surveys will remain open until 31st August 2019.

To learn more about participating in this study and to access the first survey, click on the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UnionsResearch1

For further information, please contact the chief investigator, Dr Sarah Dawkins (sarah.dawkins@utas.edu.au). Please note this study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (Tasmania).

Changed your work arrangements?

Notify us now!

If anything about your work arrangements has changed such as your FTE status, or you’re taking maternity leave, or you’re retiring soon then you must let us know straight away so we can make appropriate amendments to your membership subscription payments.

It’s now even more important that you keep us up to date with your current or future working arrangement because there is a three-month cap on refunds for subscriptions.

For example, if you retire next week but wait six months to inform us, the maximum refund we can give you is three months’ worth of subscriptions.

There are several quick and easy ways to let us know about any changes to your circumstances:

Call us Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 5pm, on 6234 9500 or 1800 001 313 (free call outside Hobart) or Email membership@aeutas.org.au

Complete the short ‘update your details’ form on our website: click here.