Schools: Have your say!

Posted March 8, 2012 by Vivienne Doogan

One of the great things about being a Together union member is that every three years you get to have a say about your working conditions.

How have things been going in your school? Flat-out with OneSchool? Training? Accrued time working ok? We know it's been another very busy and challenging start to the year for many schools members with natural disasters and more preparations for Year 7's moving to High School among other things.

Every 3 years we ask these questions across every government agency in order to check-in on what the key issues are to negotiate our collective agreement that governs your wages and conditions for the next 3 years. Last time around there were also specific 'interest based bargaining' negotiations for school-based workers. We will need to consider how those matters have been working, and what we need to add to this time around.

Your current collective agreement or 'EB' expires on the 31st of July this year.

Here are some of the things that many members have been talking about as the key issues for these negotiations:

You can have your say on these ideas and add some more by filling in this survey:

Have a look at the summaries before doing the survey as it will give you a better idea of what the questions mean.

We know there will also be many issues that are more specific to school-based workers and often specific to your occupation - add your comments about those in the general comments section, we'll also do an additional survey that is schools specific in the coming weeks. This survey is particularly designed to pick up things that might have a 'whole of government' approach.

We'll be sending more emails about the upcoming bargaining process over the following weeks - please fill in your surveys before Wednesday the 21st of March.

Happy International Womens Day!

PS: Remember if you know a colleague who isn't yet a union member and they want to have their say - they can join you as a union member here: Only members get to have a say!


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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