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DOE Teachers' EB update

The State Government is playing hard ball on negotiations for a new Teaching Service Agreement and not wanting to budge on salary or conditions.

On salary, they want to make you lowest paid in Australia. The Hodgman Government says it is committed to ensuring every child receives a great education and it wants to lead the nation in education, yet is proposing to pay its teachers the least of any other state or territory see the salary comparisons here.

This is not a policy to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers or one that values their professionalism or facts that they teach a national curriculum or meet national standards.

On conditions, they’re trying to erode them and make your life harder. One proposal is to take away your three student free days but we are pushing back hard against that.

Keep an eye out for further EB updates in eReporter and via direct emails and in the meantime, if you have any questions you can send them via

  • REPS MEETINGS: In October 2015, we hosted a series of regional meetings of workplace Reps to talk about preparations for a new Teachers EB, the Log of Claims and a survey.
  • WORKPLACE MEETINGS: Reps were asked to hold union meetings back in their workplaces to update member colleagues on the process and need for them to complete an online survey.
  • SURVEY: In October-November 2015 an online survey was circulated to members. The results of the survey were to assist in the drafting of a Log of Claims.
  • THE LOG OF CLAIMS - was endorsed by Branch Council at its meeting in November 2015, and circulated to members.
  • The Log of Claims was lodged with the employer (DOE) in 2016
  • NEGOTIATIONS began in late 2016 and further meetings are scheduled for 2017.

TAFE: EB wrap, Executive and more…

TAFE Organiser Simon Bailey reports on the TAFE Teachers' EB, Executive’s first meeting of the year, new Reps and more…

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Sub-branch Motions for Branch Council

AEU Branch Council meets on Friday,  31 March 2017, in Hobart and sub-branch motions must be submitted by 15 March.

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National Gonski focus in Hobart

National Gonski campaign attention will turn to Hobart on 7 April when State and Territory Education Ministers fly to Hobart for a big meeting with Federal Government Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

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Reps Conference 2017!

The 2017 AEU Reps Conference will be held on the beautiful North West Coast in Devonport on Thursday and Friday, May 18th and 19th.  

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Free English Stars workshops

We, the AEU, are hosting a free English Stars workshop presented by former Tasmanian teacher Nathan Rutherford in April.

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Student members top 600

New Educator and Southern Organiser, Adam Clifford, blitzed Uni O-Week around the state and AEU student teacher member numbers are now at historic highs – read more from Adam.

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Grade 11/12 Moderation – Extension Schools

Extension Schools Project Officer, Andrew Butler, reports on concerns about Moderation Day, for those working in Grade 11/12 Extension Schools, and also updates on the controversy about English Courses.

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Retirement - Fact sheet

In order to help you experience a smooth transition from working life to retirement, we have created a new fact sheet to help you through the process.

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Become a Rep

Great training, comradery and leadership experience are just some of the opportunities on offer if you become an AEU workplace Rep.

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Rosemary Richards Scholarship

Applications are now open for the Rosemary Richards Scholarship.

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Schools Survey

Each year AEU Federal runs a “State of our Schools” national survey which provides evidence of the need for more school resources, in addition to valuable information about other key concerns of educators.

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Make the Switch

If you’ve not already done so, Make the Switch now from your employer provided payroll deduction to credit card or direct debit payments for your AEU membership subscriptions and ensure we remain strong “in union”.
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