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Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

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#2159 AEU NEWS AEU Victorian Branch Branch president: Mary Bluett Branch secretary: Brian Henderson AEU VIC head office address 112 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford, 3067 postal address PO Box 363, Abbotsford, 3067 tel (03) 9417 2822, 1800 013 379 fax 1300 658 078 web www.aeuvic.asn.au email melbourne@aeuvic.asn.au country offices Ballarat (03) 5331 1155 | Benalla (03) 5762 2714 Bendigo (03) 5442 2666 | Gippsland (03) 5134 8844 Geelong (03) 5222 6633 Moral purpose as action Sponsored by National conference for leaders in public schools August 29-30, 2012 Get your News online To get your AEU News online, email aeunews@aeuvic.asn.au. Sofitel Melbourne on Collins 25 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria, Australia LEADERSHIP for a bright future in public education ❛If we want the world to be different, our first act needs to be reclaiming time to think.❜ —MargaretWheatley Keynote speakers John Ralston Saul (Canada) Moral Purpose as Action Margaret Wheatley (USA) Persevering Educators Sir Ken Robinson (UK) Out of Our Minds Contact Mary O’Hagan for conference details at (03) 9418 4967 Online registration: www.velc.org.au Contents cover story The loudest message 12 AEU members did their union proud with the biggest stopwork in the union’s history on June 7. features 14 18 18 30 regulars A cynical performance Rallying cry COVER PHOTO: Meredith O’Shea Ted Baillieu reveals new levels of political cynicism in trying to impose payment by results on Victoria’s public school teachers. We give a Gonski What difference could the Gonski recommendations make to Victorian schools? AEU members headed to Canberra to let their MPs know. TAFE teacher and Anna Stewart Memorial Project participant Jennifer Walsh found herself in the middle of the action when the TAFE cuts hit. Playground talk Ned Manning has distilled a lifetime of teaching into a book that tells it like it is. 3 president’s report 27 safety matters 4 letters 28 classifieds 23 women’s focus 29 christina adams 24 AEU training 30 culture 25 on the phones 31 giveaways contacts editorial enquiries Nic Barnard tel (03) 9418 4841 fax (03) 9415 8975 email nic.barnard@aeuvic.asn.au advertising enquiries Lyn Baird tel (03) 9418 4879 fax (03) 9415 8975 email lyn.baird@aeuvic.asn.au AEU News is produced by the AEU Publications Unit: editor Nic Barnard | designers Lyn Baird, Peter Lambropoulos, Kim Fleming journalists Rachel Power, Sian Watkins | editorial assistant Helen Prytherch PrintPost Approved: 349181/00616 ISSN: 1442—1321. Printed in Australia by Total Print on Re Art Matt 100% Recycled Paper. Free to AEU members. Subscription rate: $60 per annum. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the AEU News are those of the authors/members and are not necessarily the official policy of the AEU (Victorian Branch). Contents © AEU Victorian Branch. Contributed articles, photographs and illustrations are © their respective authors. No reproduction without permission. Printed on ReArt Matt 100% recycled paper 2 aeu news | june 2012

The day TED saw RED Thirteen thousand protestors outside Parliament reminded the Premier it’s time to honour his word. president’s report YOUR message to Ted Baillieu could not be clearer: honour your promise on salaries, rein in contract employment and forget performance pay and so-called “productivity” trade-offs. June 7 was an unforgettable day — the biggest AEU teachers and principals’ strike in Victorian history. For the first time we filled Hisense Arena to its 11,000 capacity with a further 1,500 members locked outside watching the meeting and debate on a large video screen. In Mildura, 350 members were connected to Melbourne by video link. Another rally and march were held in Wodonga. The meetings overwhelmingly resolved to continue the campaign for as long as it takes. We unanimously reject performance pay — so counterproductive to the collegiality required for the best student outcomes. Members are incensed by the underlying assumption of performance pay — that we don’t give our utmost to achieving the very best for our students. Level 3/432 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004 Visit us at www.retirevic.com.au What an insult to propose that dollar carrots will improve your efforts. A significant body of research supports our view. Merit pay schemes, most recently in the USA, have failed to produce improved student outcomes and in some cases have led to poorer results. Trial after trial has been abandoned. The river of red flowing from Hisense to Parliament was another spectacular demonstration of member determination. And just as the number striking was unprecedented, so was the media coverage. All this builds strong pressure on the Government, and Premier Baillieu in particular. It was his repeated pledge to make Victorian teachers the highest paid — at every level — that the public has responded to. They expect politicians now to honour their promises. We have received many messages of support from the public and from parents. While there were a few (very few) complaints about the stopwork, overwhelmingly parents understood the issues and that we did not take action lightly. They supported their children’s teachers in glowing terms. Peak parent bodies Parents Victoria and VICSSO gave their support. We thank them. Not a short campaign We must prepare for a long campaign. We will need to be determined, disciplined and above all strategic. The resolution endorsed at the meeting provides the basis for that campaign. We have watched other disputes and seen the Government’s game plan — we must not be forced into Fair Work for arbitration. We must win with a strategic campaign that is sustainable over potentially a long time. Thank you A heartfelt thank you to the tens of thousands of members who took a stand on June 7. To the many CRTs who refused to scab on the day — thank you. We are committed to achieving better pay and conditions for you. To those members who did not take action on June 7, I urge you to support the campaign of bans and limitations that we will now roll out. I also ask you to consider joining us at future actions and increase the pressure on the Government. Finally, welcome to the almost 3000 new members who joined to support the June 7 action. You made a difference too. ◆ AEU PREFERRED PROVIDERS AEU Vic branch president TO RETIRE SUCCESSFULLY YOU NEED THE BEST ADVICE Mary is now on Twitter! APPOINTMENTS (03) 9820 8088 Retirement Victoria is the AEU’s preferred provider of financial and retirement planning services to members. Retirement Victoria Pty Ltd is an authorised representative of Millennium3 Financial Services Pty Lts AFSL 244252 Follow her at @marybluett. AEU PREFERRED PROVIDERS WHY IS RV SO HIGHLY REGARDED BY TEACHERS? Our advice is personal and ongoing. We know the value of a continuing professional relationship. • An RV financial plan assists in obtaining the best retirement outcomes in the areas of taxation, social security and supernnuation — especially state super. Considering each area in isolation makes no sense and can be detrimental. • First appointments are complimentary • A tailor made plan costs $660 (includes GST) • RV was established by union members for union members. Don’t just take our word for it — ask one of the thousands of satisfied clients we have assisted over the last two decades — they are not hard to find! For information concerning future seminars see our website www.retirevic.com.au or book online at www.aeuvic.asn.au/calendar and click on date and event. Level 3/432 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004 Visit us at www.retirevic.com.au APPOINTMENTS (03) 9820 8088 Retirement Victoria is the AEU’s preferred provider of financial and retirement planning services to members. Retirement Victoria Pty Ltd is an authorised representative of Millennium3 Financial Services Pty Ltd AFSL 244252. www.aeuvic.asn.au 3

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