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Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch

Australian Education Union, Victorian Branch


news PHOTO: ANGELA BAILEY VTHC backs AEU fight THE Victorian Trades Hall Council has strung a giant banner across the front of its building in Carlton in support of the AEU’s agreement campaign. The banner reminds the public of Baillieu’s broken pay promise and says: “Support our teachers and support public education”. It matches the AEU’s March billboard campaign which highlighted the Coalition’s $481 million education cuts. VTHC secretary Brian Boyd was among speakers at the June 7 rally, telling strikers: “The union movement is 100% behind your campaign for justice. “We have a premier who isn’t listening to people. … His government has a key responsibility to the people of Victoria and yet they’re treating the people they employ to do that work like dogs.” ◆ Behind the image NEW healthy body image and A media literacy program allows Year 8 students to explore beauty and gender stereotypes and unpack advertising and media techniques. SeeMe — the media, my body and me is an online resource designed to fit the English curriculum. It was produced by the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre (QVWC) with student and teacher input from Melbourne Girls’ and Doncaster SC. Centre CEO Vivia Hickman said a majority of students in pilots felt more confident and “significantly happier about their bodies”. The site includes an interactive “behind the scenes” look at Photoshop techniques used in the media to make models look slimmer and less blemished. To find out more go to the website at ◆ Merit pay “SELL OUT” by principals’ body School leaders face results-linked pay under deal with principals’ federation. Brian Henderson branch secretary THE Australian Principals Federation is close to reaching agreement with the Baillieu Government to introduce performance pay for principal class officers. APF president Chris Cotching reported to a meeting of Victorian state school principals on May 15 that the deal would mean probable salary increases of 3.5%, 3.25%, 2.4% and 2.4%. Ominously he said that productivity gains were expected in return for anything above 2.5%, but did not say what the APF had traded off. The merit pay system negotiated by the APF would see principals stripped of incremental progression with three-quarters instead receiving rewards linked to school performance — a 20% bonus for 20% of principals, 10% for 10% and 1.4% for the rest. Seventy per cent of school leaders would get 1.4% or nothing. All decisions on bonuses would be made by the regional director. Principals would be eligible for a further 2% for remuneration or range reviews if they do more work beyond the school or take up positions in “difficult” schools. Once again the APF has, in a repeat of the Kennett years, negotiated salary increases based on principals doing the work of the public servants the Government intends to cut. More work will be piled on already overburdened leaders, taking them out of their schools while being paid according to how their school performs. Premier Ted Baillieu last month announced that performance pay for senior public servants is to be phased out for new and renewing contracts. If such a system is no good for government executives, why is it good for PCOs? Asked if there was any research to justify performance pay, Cotching replied: “No, but the model is the only pragmatic way to receive improved conditions for principals.” The APF is again selling out its principles and principals to the Baillieu Governments’ budget cuts. AEU principals, at a well-attended meeting earlier this year, unanimously rejected performance pay on the grounds that it was divisive and insulting to their professionalism. If and when the APF publically announces its sell-out, the AEU will campaign against any agreement that features performance pay. ◆ 6 aeu news | june 2012

news Cockatoo’s pool goal for NT KIDS Schools urged to join fundraising to build an Arnhem Land community a swimming pool. Sian Watkins AEU News VICTORIAN primary school is A seeking support to help raise $2 million to build a swimming pool for students at a partner school in remote Arnhem Land. Cockatoo Primary is urging other schools to join it in holding an out-ofuniform day on August 1 to raise the money for students in Ramingining, 600km east of Darwin. The waterhole used by Ramingining (pronounced Ramin-gin-ing) students is not in walking distance from the town and is not always safe to swim after heavy wet seasons when crocodiles roam further afield. (Google Maps gives an excellent view of the township.) For 20 years, about nine Year 5 students from Cockatoo, in outer eastern Melbourne, have spent a week in Ramingining after a week acclimatising and sightseeing in Darwin. Year 5 students from Ramingining make a reciprocal visit to Cockatoo for about 10 days in spring. Cockatoo teacher Tim Stapleton, who has accompanied students on three trips north, says the exchange engenders a “profound sense of reconciliation”. “The kids are totally blown away by the rich social life and enjoyment of people and the way they are embraced so keenly by the community. “As soon as they arrive they are taken off to play. Race and colour and the political agenda of reconciliation all vanish — it’s just people getting on. It’s beautiful to observe.” Stapleton says there have been “no major dramas” on the trips, apart Ramingining and Cockatoo students from a suspected snake bite. “It’s heavily regulated — it has to be, for insurance and liability reasons. When we go walking across the mud flats the local kids dance across it in bare feet and our kids plead with us to be able to take their shoes off, which are like bricks and caked in heavy mud.” The school’s relationship with the Ramingining community started in 1993. Cockatoo’s then assistant principal, Lance Walker, was visiting his daughter in Darwin and called in on the Northern Territory Education Department to express his interest in establishing a relationship with a NT school. Coincidentally, on the same day, Ramingining principal Leigh Mullins rang the department to let them know he’d be interested in forming a relationship with a school “down south”. Stapleton says Cockatoo hopes to make August 1 a national out-ofuniform day. Two million dollars would build a “reasonable-sized” pool, filled with bore water. The NT Government has pledged $200,000 and local groups, including the Arnhem Land Progress Association, have offered to contribute to ongoing maintenance costs, including chemical costs. Money can be deposited in the Ramingining Fundraising Account held with Bendigo Bank (deposits are also accepted at Commonwealth Bank branches). The BSB number is 633 000 and the account number 146014337. The campaign has a Facebook page: MalaManapantogetherDay. For more information call Cockatoo PS on (03) 5968 8017. ◆ Personal finance solutions Our range includes: • Personal. • Cars. • Shares. • Students. There are all sorts of reasons why we need to borrow money - travel, debt consolidation, furniture, weddings or cars. Whatever your need, get a great deal from a customer owned bank! Our Personal Loans offer: • Competitive interest rates. • No early repayment fees. • Repayments aligned to your pay cycle. • No monthly service fees. • A low establishment fee. Applying is easy. Call 1300 654 822 or visit Fees and charges apply. Terms and Conditions available on request. ABN 44 087 651 769, AFSL/Australian Credit Licence Number 240 960. • Line of Credit. • Credit Cards. 7

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