Teachers have again rejected the Government’s political plan to relegate them to lowest paid in the country and a plan that fails to address key issues such as large class sizes and lack of in-class support, the AEU said today.
“The offer which has been rejected by elected teacher members would see Tasmanian teachers the lowest paid in the country over the life of the agreement and lacked any new measures to address workloads or in-class support,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President.
“Teachers are extremely frustrated that the government has sought to distract from education issues and is instead fixated on playing politics at every turn and lecturing teachers, support staff and principals about values and how to run their own union,” said Ms Richardson.
“The Government should be focused on education solutions and what to do about classes of 30, year long waits for kids to be assessed by speech therapists and not enough in-class support, as well as stopping Tasmanian teachers from being the lowest paid in Australia.”
The AEU’s Branch Executive, who are elected serving teachers and support staff, met on Monday night to consider the government’s offer which was received at 6.30pm on Friday (29 March) night.
Executive passed a motion rejecting the offer, which contained only a 0.25% improvement to the Government’s last pay offer and no new solutions on workload.
“Teachers are not willing to lock-in three years of under-funding and under-resourcing for our kids,” said Ms Richardson.
“The AEU gave the government a counter offer, which contained a raft of detailed solutions developed by educators themselves, two weeks ago and Will Hodgman could have fixed all these issues then.
“Instead of focusing on solutions, Will Hodgman has chosen to drag this out, and now refuses to even talk to teachers for the next two weeks.
“We call on the Premier to put quality education ahead of his political game playing which is causing unnecessary disruption and uncertainty for parents.”
Harriet Binet, AEU Tasmania, 0427 841 760