Australia: Attack on working conditions linked to teachers’ stress

Australian educators have protested against deteriorating work conditions in the technical and further education sector in Victoria a direct threat to quality education

Technical and Further Education TAFE teachers and supporters rallied on 12 December outside the office of Gayle Tierney State Member for Western Victoria to protest the state governmentrsquos attempt to slash TAFE teachersrsquo working conditions Tierney is the Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Corrections in the Victorian government led by Daniel Andrews This rally supported the targeted advertising campaign launched by the Australian Education Union AEU around Geelong the second largest city in the state of Victoria including billboards and newspaper advertisements ldquoTAFE teachers are the bedrock of our education and training systemrdquo said AEU Victoria President Meredith Peace ldquoThey are passionate about making sure their students get the best possible training and employment outcomesrdquo The Andrews government wants to increase TAFE teachersrsquo class contact hours by almost 20 per cent Increased workload ldquoTAFE teachers are already stretched working on average 68 hours of overtime per weekrdquo Peace insisted Nine out of 10 TAFE teachers say their administrative workload had increased over the last 12 months according to AEU Victoria39s 2017 State of our TAFEs survey Their work stress due to ldquounsustainable levels of administration and compliance workrdquo means that ldquo75 per cent of TAFE teachers have considered walking away from their jobrdquo she added ldquoStretched to their limitrdquo TAFE teachers are already working excessive overtime with less time to prepare lessons and provide students with the highest quality education and training ldquoWhen teachers miss out students miss out toordquo said Peace Youth missing out And with unemployment in Geelong currently at 10 per cent the situation for young people will not improve if the Andrews government makes it increasingly difficult for TAFE teachers to provide students with the skills training and support they need to get a job Peace added Reiterating that Daniel Andrews was elected because he promised to save TAFE she underlined that ldquoabandoning TAFE teachers and expecting them to agree to an enterprise deal that strips their working conditions is not saving TAFE and nor is it in the interests of students and the Victorian communityrdquo The full AEU Victoria39s 2017 State of our TAFEs survey released on 1 December 2017 nbspis available here

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