AEU meets with DECD on SSO EB issues27-06-2012
On 14 June your AEU representatives attended the first formal Enterprise Bargaining meeting to officially begin the EB process for 2012.
It was an important day for our SSO members as it also saw the first meeting involving DECD and the AEU specifically around SSO issues in our EB proposal and the Department’s SSO Discussion Paper.
The discussion paper was compiled by DECD and tabled during the Teachers and Leaders Workload Review.
SSO members have raised concerns throughout the review process regarding the possible implications for SSO workload.
It is the AEU’s position that DECD must not seek to resolve issues around teachers’ and leaders’ workload through increasing the workload of SSOs.
Placing more work and responsibility on top of the current workload of SSOs, who we know already often work over and above the hours for which they are paid, is unacceptable.
If the Department suggests that SSOs take on extra tasks, then it is our view that these extra tasks must be resourced with training, higher classifications and time to complete them.
Our EB discussions will continue to focus on:
- Increasing the percentages of SSOs at higher classifications through simplifying the SSO reclassification process and ensuring that SSOs are correctly classified.
- Ongoing Permanency conversions
- SSO qualifications and how these link to higher classifications
- Allowances to compensate for increased complexity for SSOs working in sites such as special schools and classes, secure facilities and Aboriginal schools
- Supplementation or replacement of SSOs when absent from schools and preschools
- Improvement to leave and professional development provisions for SSOs.
And of course,
- Maintaining existing conditions won by the AEU in the previous EB
- Discussions around the provision of salaries that are commensurate with increasing complexity and responsibility of SSO roles and adequate to attract and retain SSOs will form an important part of future negotiations.
Keep an eye out for faxes, emails and the AEU Journal and head along to your local area meetings for regular EB updates.