To Federation Representatives Bulletin 4 -- 19 June, 2001 Government Reneges on Workers Compensation After negotiations with the Government unions affiliated with the Labor Council of NSW resolved unanimously to put forward a framework for resolution of the dispute. Minister Della Bosca on 21 May wrote to the Labor Council indicating "that after discussions with the Premier and other colleagues, the framework outlined is acceptable."
Posted: 19 June 2001
By Labor Council of NSW The NSW Labor Council's Workers Compensation Committee today announced the following industrial response to the Carr Government's proposal to introduce amendments to the workers compensation scheme into State Parliament this week. * A peaceful picket of State Parliament which all staff and MPs will be asked to observe. Media with offices in the building will be exempted.
Posted: 5 June 2001
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Teachers from across the state met in Sydney on 2 June to discuss the Ramsey report, 'Quality Matters.' The report goes well beyond questions relating to teacher education and has important implications for those currently teaching in schools.
Posted: 28 May 2001
This message contains information about the candlelight vigil and the launch of the Independent Review into the Organisation of Public Education Thank you for phoning the schools hotline. This message was recorded at 12.50pm on Monday 28 May 2001. It is about upcoming major events in the Federation's Public Education Campaign.
Posted: 23 May 2001
The progress of negotiations was reported to affiliates at an all unions meeting of the Labor Council on 17 May. Federation Council on 12 May condemned the Government for its attempt to undermine the rights of workers. It identified key areas of concern for teachers by establishing an administrative system which would:
Posted: 18 May 2001
Teachers and parents will support and facilitate an Independent Review into the Organisation of Public Education. The review panel will tour the state holding hearings and taking submissions. The review will be launched statewide at: 9.00am Wednesday 13 June 2001
Posted: 18 May 2001
This is the first Small Schools Newsletter for 2001. The Small School's Committee operates within the Federation to improve the conditions for teachers and children in small schools throughout NSW. All teachers in small schools are encouraged to contact the Committee (at NSW Teacher's Federation, Locked Bag 3010, Darlinghurst 1300 or by fax on 02 9217 2470), if there are matters you believe need to be addressed. The members of the Committee at present are: *John Hetherington, Wirrimah Public School Tel:63839214 Fax:63839264
Posted: 12 May 2001
By Phil Bradley Assistant General Secretary - Post schools unit Federation is still negotiating with DET regarding implementation of the Annual Review provisions in the new Award (Clause 6).
Posted: 1 May 2001
A fax message has been sent to TAFE Fed Reps concerning workers compensation and other matters.
Posted: 20 April 2001
By John Dixon Teachers are specifically affected by the government's changes to workers compensation. The proposed loss of access to benefits related to stress and psychological injuries make up a significant proportion of workers compensation claims the Federation takes up on behalf of its members.
Posted: 5 April 2001
The Government tabled the 'Workers Compensation Amendment Legislation Bill' on Thursday 29 March. Compensation Slashed Under the bill, proposed by John Della Bosca, Minister for Industrial Relations, it is much harder to receive compensation for pain and suffering or to take action against a negligent employer.
Posted: 2 April 2001
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Members are urged to write to their local state MPs and the Teacher Housing Authority seeking a reversal of the decision by the THA to discontinue the provision of furniture in THA units. The decision to discontinue the provision of furniture has implications for both individual members and the staffing of country schools.
Posted: 26 March 2001
Public Education Campaign Bulletin Number 6 - 23 March 2001 This bulletin has been faxed to schools and TAFE colleges. The day was a great success. The Federation thanks teachers, parents, members of the community and students at schools and colleges throughout NSW for their great contribution in celebrating Public Education Day.
Posted: 10 March 2001
Reports indicate that activities planned by schools and colleges for Public Education Day on 15 March are many and varied. Activities on 15 March 2001 Newcastle High School has invited the community and prominent ex students to visit the school. ABC radio will be doing an outside broadcast from the school during the day. Mudgee Public School is holding an Open Day and the theme is Green. Students will dress in green, the canteen will host a green day and K-2 will host the annual grandparents and senior citizens concert.
Posted: 6 March 2001
Colleges and schools throughout NSW are preparing for Public Education Day on 15 March. The Managing Director Dr. Boston has asked Institute Directors, managers and school principals to assist in the day's activities and to positively promote public education. (Fed Reps are asked to please distribute this bulletin to Institute Managers in their Branch) Managing Director of TAFE NSW Dr. Ken Boston Urges Support
Posted: 1 March 2001
Schools and Colleges throughout NSW are getting behind Public Education Day on 15 March. A variety of activities are being planned to celebrate the excellent work being undertaken by students and teachers in our great system. For Schools and Colleges
Posted: 23 February 2001
This message concerns Award matters, Public Education Day, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE, Senior Head Teacher Salary Maintenance and Child Protection Training. Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. The new Award took effect from 1 January 2001. Faxes were sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December and 25 January outlining some of the changes such as follows:
Posted: 19 February 2001
The focus on 15 March will be in our public schools and colleges to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by teachers and students in our great system. As indicated in previous publications you are requested to plan open day type activities for the morning of 15 March to involve members of the school community in celebration of the role of public education.
Posted: 19 February 2001
Australia is facing a critical shortage of teachers By Denis Fitzgerald Federal President, Australian Education Union 'The arrival of another team of headhunters wishing to poach Australian teachers highlights the problem of looming teacher shortages in Australia,' said Mr Denis Fitzgerald, Federal President of the Australian Education Union.
Posted: 7 February 2001
Public Education Day, 15 March 2001 This year will be extremely important for public education and its place and future in our society. As public educators we must be prepared to both celebrate the great achievements of public education and to demand strong support and much better funding from all political parties. Promoting and Funding Public Education
Posted: 30 January 2001
Detailed information has been sent to all Federation Representatives in TAFE colleges about the new award. This information should be read in conjunction with information published in 'Education' of 11 December. 1. New Award
Posted: 25 January 2001
The major campaign for 2001 and beyond is the promotion of public education. Our system must be properly resourced and funded by both Federal and State Governments.
Posted: 14 December 2000
This message concerns Award matters, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and Child Protection Training. The new Award was ratified by the Industrial Relations Commission on 16 November and takes effect from 1 January 2001. A fax was sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December, outlining some of the changes such as follows:
Posted: 10 November 2000
This message concerns Award matters, the TAFE Budget and Job Cuts Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and collegiate educational structures. Drafting of the new Award has now been completed, but no changes to Award matters are to occur this year in TAFE. Federation will provide leaflets explaining the few Award changes.