Support Staff Agreement, funding win for students, Gonski update and more…


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Public Sector Union Wages Agreement update

The Government has taken the extraordinary step of writing to people working in the public sector with a ‘take it or leave it’ position on the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement (PSUWA).

This is a surprising, and very disappointing, move given that negotiations have only just begun. Treasurer Gutwein announced the offer in Parliamentary Question Time, showing a lack of respect for a fair process.

The Government is asking all DoE support staff (employed under the PSUWA) to accept a 2% wages increase for 3 years and a change to Family Violence Leave.

The Government has given employees until November 30 to respond to this ultimatum.  If DoE support staff want other issues in the claim, then negotiations can continue but an increase to wages in December won’t be paid and there will be no backdating of the wage increase.

This action by government is extremely disappointing.

Public Sector Unions will be holding member information sessions across the state in the week beginning 24 October. Further details of these meetings will be circulated shortly.

A short teleconference of AEU Support Staff reps will be held on Friday 14 October from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.

Funding win for IQ 55 -70 students

We have successfully lobbied the Department of Education and Education Minister to remove the deadline for schools to make funding applications for students in the 55-70 IQ range.

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Gonski update

State and Territory Education Ministers meet on Friday in Adelaide to negotiate with the Federal Government about the future of school funding, from 2018.

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Make the Switch

Negotiations have started for new employment agreements and teachers, support staff and principals need to keep strong “in union”.

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Principal Health Survey

The 2016 Australian Principal Health and Wellbeing Survey is underway. 
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Arthur Hamilton Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Arthur Hamilton Award for Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education. 

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Employee Assistance Program

The DoE has partnered with a new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider to support employees and their immediate families with help to deal with challenges, concerns or issues at the workplace or at home. 
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World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day held annually on 5 October (28 October in Australia due to school holidays) is a UNESCO initiative, a day devoted to appreciating, assessing, and improving the educators of the world.
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Workload factsheets

We’ve recently created some new factsheets on workload. Visit our website here to read these and other useful factsheets on a variety of issues.

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You’ve survived…

Well done – you’ve survived another school term!

Your students will thank you one day for your exceptional efforts to deliver them a great education!

Meanwhile, the weather is warming up so enjoy your end of term break.

And it’s only 94 more sleeps until Christmas!

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