A new Teachers Agreement has been endorsed by an overwhelming majority, 95%, of AEU members in a binding ballot and will be registered with the Tasmanian Industrial Commission as soon as possible.
“This is a great outcome for teachers and students as central to the Agreement is more specialist teacher time for students and class planning and preparation time for teachers,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President.
“Tasmanian primary teachers will have nation-leading instructional load in 2020 which means that, while students will receive the same amount of class time, the recruitment of additional specialist teachers, in particular STEM, will mean primary teachers have an additional two hours a fortnight quarantined for core work like lesson planning and tailoring learning to meet individual student need.”
A 30-year long struggle to have a pathway for Teacher Assistants to be able to undertake further study and be recognised as para-professionals has also been achieved with moving the Education Support Specialist role into the Teachers Award.
“Teachers new to the profession will receive more support early in their careers through an extra hour per week of time release for activities such as lesson planning, helping us to retain our best and brightest educators,” Ms Richardson said.
“The difficulty of recruiting teachers to regional and isolated schools is also recognised through improved leave conditions for these hard-to-staff areas.
“The majority of teachers are women, and it’s great news that paid parental leave is increased to 16 weeks and employer superannuation contributions will continue when employees are on workers compensation or unpaid parental leave.”
Teachers will receive a pay rise of 4.2% over the life of this new Agreement, additional to the 2.35% back pay which was also recently secured. That’s a 6.55% total increase over three years.
“We are very pleased to have been able to achieve many improvements for teachers and students and we thank parents for their ongoing support in this endeavour.”
Harriet Binet, AEU Tasmania, 0427 841 760