AEU members are today advising school communities of potential school closures as members will be attending Stop Work rallies on Wednesday 24th October as part of escalating industrial action.

Teachers, principals and support staff from our schools, colleges and TAFEs will stand side by side with other public sector workers who want to send a message to the Hodgman Government that ‘enough is enough’.

“Educators return to school this week, facing unmanageable workloads, and a pay offer on the table that is in fact, a pay cut in real terms,” said AEU Tasmanian Branch President Helen Richardson.

“In light of this, our members are taking industrial action and leaving schools early to attend Stop Work rallies next week,” she said.

“We expect a number of schools will be closing early to allow for educators to attend the Stop Work rallies. Our members are feeling demoralised by the lack of respect shown by this government,” she said.

“The Government’s proposals in their counter-claim do nothing to address workload, they will, in fact, add to teacher’s, support staff and principal’s already burdensome workloads.

“The Government refuses to negotiate in good faith and is standing firm on a 2% pay cap for all public sector workers.

“In response, our Branch Executive has directed members to attend Stop Work meetings. We sent a letter to Premier Will Hodgman last week advising him of the industrial actions.   Members have been directed to leave workplaces to attend Stop Work rallies at 3 pm on 24th October 2018. This will mean some schools may close early as members will be making their way to the Stop Work rallies.

“Stop Work meetings will be held in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie and St Helens.

“Our members are reluctant to disrupt student’s learning but we have no option as the Government refuses to listen to the voice of educators.

“Government’s should be investing in education for all, ensuring that all schools have the resources needed to allow every child to reach their full potential. We are standing up to get this Government to listen and give educators the time and resources they need to give every student the chance to get a quality education.”

ENDS.

Further information:

Molly Frankham, AEU Communications, 0437 374 125 or 6234 9500.

AEU Media Statement- 16 Oct 2018 AEU members flag potential school closures on 24th Oct