Last year, applications doubled. The overall portfolio approach attracted 14 candidates and the modular model 16; while 11 new schools were involved in certification. More evaluators participated in the new model and consolidated their training, reported greater flexibility and reduced workload. Teachers and school assistants working in Lutheran schools in Queensland face the greatest infringement of labour rights in their sector. The Framework programme for grades 9 to 12 identifies five key priorities for Tasmanian schools: discipline-based learning; transdisciplinary projects; vocational studies; Work-based learning and a personal future. At the start of the 2020 school year, the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is aware that many schools and early childhood centres and their communities are affected either directly by the bushfires or by the smoke that has covered Sydney, Canberra and many other areas over a long period of time. In addition to the persistent drought, schools and centres are also affected by dust storms, hailstorms and other extreme weather events, including heavy rains and flooding in some areas in February. The union has worked with employers to help members work in jobs affected by fires or other extreme weather conditions in recent times. An IEU online course, responding to Bushfire Trauma, had over 350 participants.
Negotiations are underway on company agreements for systemic Catholic schools and the independent Catholic sector (models B and C), with meetings with the Catholic Commission on Labour Relations (CCER) at the end of 2019 and other meetings scheduled for term 1 this year. In addition to EA negotiations, the union is meeting with diocesan employers to reach Improved Work Practices Agreements (WPAs) to address workload concerns, such as the steady increase in data collection and coverage and increasing expectations of the and other administrative tasks outside of normal schooling. A serious question mark arises over the future of employee employment in Queensland`s Lutheran schools, as their employer still intends to impose a plan of reductions, controls and restrictions on existing working conditions. LEQ`s shameful plan became very clear when the employer broke collective bargaining in early June 2020 in order to hold a vote on its low-quality agreement for workers. New governance structure for Catholic schools The EUI identified some of the key areas of wage theft in schools such as: auxiliary staff and people who were expected to work unpaid overtime, as “there was no money in the budget to pay overtime” and teachers who did not receive the corresponding responsibility allowance. The EUI argued that there was excessive pressure on professionals from different professions in schools not to “complain” and accept that excess hours are part of the work. The IEU participated in long discussions with each diocese on the path of communitarization. In early 2018, the Diocese of Sale moved to a new structure covering everyone except two schools. The Diocese of Ballarat started a business and began moving schools in 2019. This process is still ongoing. Recently, the EUI has also been informed of the proposed legal structure for Melbourne and is discussing all the industrial issues that the archdiocese needs to consider. Since 2012, 72 teachers have obtained ACT certification.
This represents 13% of the 2018 national total. Through a more flexible and accessible process, for both HALTs and evaluators, the ACT will occupy a larger share of the national average. . . .