Time to turn up the heat on the state government
The Victorian Government Schools Agreement (VGSA), which outlines pay and conditions for public school staff, expired on 30 April.
The AEU is now in negotiations with the Department of Education and training (DET) for a new agreement.
More than 10,000 school staff have described their crippling and unsustainable workloads in the 2021 State of Our Schools survey.
Teachers, principals, and ES need workload relief now. And many ES staff urgently need a fair wage which recognises their value and professionalism.
As a union, our strength is in our numbers. That's why AEU members are standing up together to demand a better deal.
Get involved in our campaign.
1. See how many unpaid hours public school staff are working
Public school staff in Victoria have spent thousands of hours doing unpaid work to complete report-writing and related activities this term.
2. Take the pledge to get involved
Taking the pledge means you’re committed to take action to support the campaign to improve your pay and conditions.
Campaign activities will involve working with your sub-branch and with active members in other schools, engaging with your school community and putting pressure on politicians directly, and through social media.
3. Download this poster
Encourage your colleagues to get involved in the campaign.
Add this poster to your AEU noticeboard so that members can quickly connect to campaign activities using the QR code.
4. Show us what you're working on after hours
What does your weekend look like?
We need to keep highlighting the unfair expectations placed on public school staff. Any time you find yourself working after hours, snap a photo of yourself working and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #SupportSchoolStaff and #ItsAboutTime.
Explain what work you're doing and how this impacts on you, your family or your students - and feel free to add the handles: @AEUVictoria and @JamesMerlinoMP
Learn about the VGSA in AEU News
Catch up on our articles about the negotiations process, and our approach to the big issues such as excessive workload. You can also read about how we're supporting CRTs, principal class members, ES staff and women members.
(⚑ Some of these articles are member-only, so log in with your AEU credentials to read.)
What is the VGSA (Victorian Government Schools Agreement?)
If you work as a teacher, principal or education support staff member in a public school, the Victorian Government Schools Agreement (VGSA) is the document that sets out your pay and conditions. We are negotiating a new Schools Agreement with your employer, the Department of Education and Training.
What are we asking for in the new agreement?
The AEU is arguing for improvements outlined in the union's Log of Claims , which was developed democratically by members.
How does the negotiations process work?
This article outlines how we get from A to B when advocating for better pay and conditions for members.
How can I hear an update on how the negotiations are going?
We've been sharing regular updates about the process via email, and will continue to do this. However the rules around 'negotiating in good faith' limit what we can put in writing. For a verbal rundown, attend your local regional meeting.
Member-only emails and Log of Claims
Sorry, this content is for members only.