Manolya Moustafa is a VCE teacher and a sub branch president in the Australian Education Union.
Working conditions for 77,000 staff in Victorian government schools, and the learning conditions of our 650,000 students, are being renegotiated. As we pass the 30 April expiry date of the current Victorian Government Schools Agreement, it’s important that school staff are familiar with the main claims of the Australian Education Union. We need to discuss what sort of action will be needed to win these claims, and be confident to argue that there is plenty of money available to pay school staff.
The escalating public health emergency in Melbourne has pushed the city back into lockdown. But incredibly, the Victorian government is still requiring staff and senior students to attend school next week.
Victorian teachers and school support staff stand to make fairly modest gains in the new industrial agreement between the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Labor government. It is hardly the “great win” claimed by branch president Meredith Peace.
If you wear a “Fuck Tony Abbott” T-shirt, the hysterical cries of “Won’t somebody please think of children” roll in on cue. But when the Liberals flout Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (“children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities”), the same moral crusaders are strangely silent.
A wave of revolt has swept Turkey in the wake of the country’s worst ever mining disaster. Thousands are directing their anger at the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
Social services minister Kevin Andrews says that welfare is becoming “unsustainable”. Yet billion of dollars in federal handouts continue to go to do-nothing rich snobs.