A majority of educators have given in-principle support to the State Government’s Teachers’ Offer via an individual online poll, the AEU said today.

Teacher and principal members have voted “Yes” with a strong majority of 70% supporting the State Government’s Offer, endorsing the position of their elected member Branch Executive leadership.

“Rank and file teacher members have backed the position of the AEU’s elected Branch Executive and endorsed the Offer put by the State Government that would deliver significant fixes to workload and pay rises of between 7.5% and 8.5% over three years,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President.

“While the majority of members have backed this deal there is no doubt understandable anger and frustration about the State Government’s insistence on linking a reduction in crippling workload for primary school teachers to a reduction in relief teacher loading payments.

“Premier Will Hodgman has not yet explained why he insists on reducing loadings for casual relief teachers from 180% to between 130% and 150% in order to give primary school teachers the extra time they need to plan and prepare quality classes.

“After an almost year-long campaign, the State Government is forcing teachers to choose between further school strike action and disruption or endorsing an Offer that brings urgently needed workload relief.”

The online poll of teacher members was opened on Thursday, 16 May, after an initial round of member meetings, and closed Wednesday, 22 May. Three thousand five hundred members participated in the poll which is 78% of those eligible and a very large sample size, meaning a high degree of accuracy in the poll results.

As a member-led union, AEU elected leaders have ensured all members have every opportunity to have their say on the Government’s Teacher Offer*.

Member information sessions for teachers and principals are being held across the state this week and next, adding to workplace meetings already held.

The online poll results, together with feedback from member meetings, will be considered by the AEU’s elected Branch Council members at a meeting on Friday 31 May 2019.

 

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*Nb. An “Offer” is an outline document only and does not have the details of a formal Agreement, which would have to be endorsed in a Ballot.

AEU campaigns and media, Harriet Binet, 0427 841760.