Welcome to the Together Department of Education Arbitration blog. See below for updates about the arbitration for your wages and conditions.
Your work matters. Taking industrial action is a huge step but one that the majority of Together members voted to do because you are reminding the Department just how much you are really responsible for!
I hope you are travelling ok. We are all thinking of our fellow members in Townsville and surrounds.
We know that the below is not relevant to colleagues who are dealing with disasters and disaster recovery.
For everyone else!
Update on the QIRC yesterday – no change – nothing new to report other than that the Department continued to refuse to provide a wages schedule but they might at our next meeting on the 19th of February. This is when we are also hoping to have some progress on the AO issues.
Together union members were exceptionally well represented by your delegates yesterday in the first negotiation meeting for 2019.
Eighteen of your colleagues from Cairns to the Gold Coast and from every part of the Department made the following points in yesterday’s negotiation meeting:
For all our members in Townsville and surrounds we are all thinking of you right now and we will be with you during the recovery. Stay safe. Remember your safety in the recovery process as well.
Today we will have our first EB negotiation meeting since December and members' rejection of the offer provided by the Department on December 6.
Welcome back to 2019! You will have no doubt been back working long hours getting everything ready for students to return next week.
Your work in schools is essential however in 2018 when we went to bargain the Department and the government were sending the message that you were not worth as much as your colleagues in other areas.
As outlined in December and last week the dispute about wages and translation to the technical stream is still ongoing as our bargaining campaign continues.
Because of your industrial action and significant campaign the Department did finally provide an offer last year. However, as you know, this was provided with a week to consider it and didn’t include transparent wage rates, was subject to further consideration and wasn’t clear on progression in the TO stream for SOOs. Members voted on the offer and it was not accepted by the majority. So the offer was rejected. We then went back to the Commission on the 18th of December but the departmental representatives there didn’t have anything new to say.
As outlined in December and last week the dispute about wages and translation to the health practitioner stream is still ongoing.
Because of your industrial action and significant campaign the Department did finally provide an offer last year. However, as you know, this was provided with a week to consider it and didn’t address critical issues in relation to annual pay rises for the lowest paid workers and other issues.