Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



31 October 2018

Elise Archer, Acting Minister for Education and Training

Unions disrupting children’s learning despite payrise offer

Not content with closing schools and disrupting families last week, the Australian Education Union is again threatening more disruption, despite a payrise offer on the table from the Government.

The latest list of threats by the AEU includes directing members to refuse to complete comments on students reports for term four. If carried through, this action will leave many parents in the dark about their child’s learning for the end of the school year.

Parents around the State will be confused about why the Union is punishing families and students when the Government has put a payrise offer of 6 per cent over three years on the table.

The AEU advice to members also directs members to stop appropriately recording student attendance at schools. This puts student safety in jeopardy and is no doubt extremely disappointing for Tasmanian parents and carers. Centrally recording attendance each day enables schools to keep track of individual students within the broader system and is important to ensure student safety.

The AEU needs to stop punishing children and parents in their quest for a bigger payrise. The Government is offering a fair and affordable payrise of 6 per cent over three years, which will allow us to employ 250 more teachers over the next 6 years, on top of the 142 teachers we have already employed since 2014.



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