Schools Meeting update
Two important meetings happened last week and the following provides you with a short report back. To find out more please call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together representatives met with Dr Anthony Lynham MP for Stafford who is also the Shadow Minister for Education; Science, IT and Innovation.
As the opposition spokesperson on Education we wanted to make sure that Dr Lynham was aware of the key staffing concerns currently being experienced by hardworking support staff in state schools.
At this first meeting with Dr Lynham with our union we raised these issues:
- Fair Pay for All
- The Allocative Model – under-resourcing and under classification of positions and the competing tensions that exist
- Job security and fears about contracting out and privatisation
We asked Dr Lynham to provide the ALPs position on these issues to us. He has committed to share his policies with us soon.
It is important that prior to the next state election, members are fully aware of what the current opposition government will do in the future to improve the working life of school support staff should the Labor Party be elected to govern the State.
Dr Lynham did not commit to anything on the day but he was keen to hear personal stories from members on how these issues affect you.
If members can respond to this request by emailing to Stafford@parliament.qld.gov.au and also ‘cc’ in email@example.com email address telling your story so Dr Lynham MP can hear firsthand from you.
We will be co-ordinating another visit in January for further discussions around the many important issues that affect school support staff and will be seeking a commitment from Dr Lynham and the ALP about what, if elected, he and his colleagues will do to support Together members in schools.
The Agency Consultative Committee was held recently and a number of key items were discussed click on the headings below to find out more.
- Communication Strategies and Initiatives for Schools Officers regarding Professional Development (PD) and Workplace Health and Safety (WH&S) Courses
- Workplace Injuries to School’s Officers
- AO6 Business Service Managers (BSM’s) in High Schools
- Pallara State School
- Early Childhood Care and Education - Review
2015 is promising to be an exciting and I’m sure challenging year for some members in schools with the transition of year 6’s and 7’s into high school and the resulting changes to staffing this will create. We ask that members keep in touch with any concerns about this process and don’t delay contacting the union office.
We would like to wish all our members in DETE all the very best for the festive season and we look forward to an exciting time in education in 2015.
The Department provided a written response to some of our key questions about Flying Start and what will happen in 2015 on Monday. You can see them here.