AEU Victoria has reached an in-principle deal with the state government for a new Victorian Government Schools Agreement (VGSA).
82% of schools members voted 'yes' to the agreement. It has been lodged with Fair Work Australia for consideration.
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School staff workload survey
In 2016, the AEU contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to conduct a workload survey of members in schools to inform enterprise bargaining negotiations.
The results of the School Workload Survey reveal a workload crisis in Victorian schools.
Over 13,000 members responded, giving us a full picture of member workload and its impact.
The vast majority of teachers, principals and education support staff are struggling with unmanageable workloads.
Teachers and principals clock up 15 or more hours of overtime each week – including 5 hours over the weekend.
Around 90% of teachers surveyed say that excessive workloads negatively affect the quality of their teaching.
Teachers are not getting enough time to complete essential parts of their job – like planning and assessment – during the working day. So they’re putting in huge additional hours to meet the demands of the job and ensure their students don’t miss out.
Log of claims
The log of claims contains the bargaining position determined by AEU Joint Primary and Secondary Council. It is submitted to the education department before negotiations for the next enterprise agreement begin.
In formulating this log of claims, we received more than 265 sub-branch submissions, close to 700 ES priority survey responses and held 37 regional meetings across the state, as well as special meetings for associations, special settings and non-school work locations.
After more than six months of member participation in the development process, we submitted the log of claims to the state government in December, 2015.
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