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The AEU and education support members: a great team
Education support members and the AEU are making a real difference to education outcomes, while improving ES working conditions across the state.
Working with the AEU, ES members have achieved:
Pay increases of between 12%-30% in the current agreement (VGSA 2013).
Inclusion of ES staff in consultation and long-term planning in schools.
Additional pay if required to attend in school holidays.
Paid recall for ES staff who work over school holidays.
Gained recognition for ES time-in-lieu entitlements.
Reform of the classification structure to reflect the work value of the ES role, so ES staff may advance from one salary range to the next without the role being advertised. This means ES do not have to compete with external applicants.
Increased clarity around the definition of ES roles and responsibilities, which reduces the risk of ES undertaking duties that exceed their salary range.
Reduction in the number of 6-12 month contracts through the introduction of seven-year contracts.
National Support Staff Week – a time to celebrate the wonderful contributions ES staff make to our schools every day. Yay!
The Victorian Government Schools Agreement negotiated by the AEU in 2013 was the best agreement to date, bringing major improvements for Victorian ES staff.
But these successes were not won easily. Our large and active ES membership gives us a powerful negotiating position. Our ES membership is now almost 8,000 strong, backed by over 35,000 teacher colleagues.
The combined voice of these 43,000 members was a major factor in achieving such significant outcomes in our last enterprise agreement.
Your representative voice
ES members play a crucial role in AEU decision-making, with strong representation on Branch Council and in ES networks.
Although ES staff share many common issues with their teacher colleagues, the AEU knows that there are also some very specific challenges that ES face, and these need to be understood and represented. The stronger our membership, and the more active and involved our members, the more power we have to make meaningful improvements to ES pay and conditions.
The Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2013 made real, positive changes to the lives of ES staff around the state. Building on that, we’re going from strength to strength. There’s a bright future ahead for AEU education support members!