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M E M B E R I N FO RM AT ION resentatives? In recent updated Merit Selection training the use of independent support was highlighted.

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Howard Spreadbury: Panellists have access to Merit training for this purpose, and the AEU offers individual support on a needs basis. AEU reps should contact the AEU should any issues arise and Equal Opportunity reps should contact the Ethical Conduct Unit.

Relief Teacher Shortages

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Questions from the workplace AEU Principal Officers respond to questions from Branch Council delegates

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ach term AEU Branch Council, the union’s peak decision-making body meets at the AEU office on Greenhill Road. 110 delegates from all around the state attend Council, some of whom are also involved in consultative and standing committees that meet in the lead up to Council. An important part of the Branch Council agenda, questions from delegates which have been submitted prior to the meeting, are answered by Principal Officers for the information of all delegates. Those questions and answers will form the basis of this regular column, “Questions from the Workplace”. At the April 7 Branch Council meeting a number of issues were raised by delegates, some of which appear here. As the Journal publication doesn’t coincide with Branch Council, there may be more recent developments on some issues since these responses were provided. Answers from AEU President, Howard Spreadbury and AEU Vice President, Dash Taylor Johnson

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Howard Spreadbury: The AEU is supporting sub-branches where such incidents have occurred on a case by case basis. AEU Coordinator of Organisers, Andrew Gohl, reported on this at a previous Branch Council, describing how members at a site took action against violence at the site and the ways the AEU supported that action. With respect to long-term support, the AEU provides this through access to the AEU Information Unit and the provision of a template sub-branch motion regarding site procedures and Work Health and Safety in regard to site violence.

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Dash Taylor Johnson: There will be a WHS conference focussed on Violence in Schools, at the AEU on Friday 20 April. The aim of this conference is to empower members to take action and assist through creating a Violence Action Plan. I will also raise this matter with Ian May, specifically in regard to changing the culture around education staff experiencing violence.

Violence in schools

Independent support for panellists

How are teachers and SSOs who have been injured physically or mentally by violence at the workplace being supported?

Can the Union promote the use of independent support for all panellists and in particular for AEU panellists and Governing Council rep-

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Is the AEU aware of the chronic shortage of Permanent Relief Teachers in country areas? What can be done to prevent quotas being eroded?

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Howard Spreadbury: This is an ongoing issue that we are aware of, and it is matter of funding and resources. Work is being undertaken by the AEU Industrial team with regard to inclusion in enterprise bargaining and seeking other, more expedient, ways of addressing this chronic issue.

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Dash Taylor Johnson: It is a work in progress. The AEU has written to the Department regarding this matter.

Year 7s in secondary schools

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What does the AEU secretariat know about the incoming government’s proposal to move Year 7s into secondary sites? Further to that, what processes are being discussed in relation to this?

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Howard Spreadbury: We have known for years that this is part of the Liberal’s agenda and the media has picked it up recently after Minister Gardner took up his position as Education Minister. The AEU’s position focuses on issues with curriculum, rather than physical placement, and the AEU Curriculum and Professional Development Management Committee is currently assessing such matters and related costs, classification changes for education staff, infrastructure, middle schooling and the potential impact on secondary schools. We believe the Department for Education (DfE) has not considered these points and we have requested a meeting with Minister Gardner and Premier Marshall to discuss this. The issue will also be discussed at an upcoming meeting with DfE CE, Rick Persse, on Tuesday 10 April. n

AEU Journal May 2018  

Fair Funding Now! Every child deserves a fully funded public education. Join 1 in June: Build strength at your workplace. Job Insecurity: Tu...

AEU Journal May 2018  

Fair Funding Now! Every child deserves a fully funded public education. Join 1 in June: Build strength at your workplace. Job Insecurity: Tu...