Contribute to a study analysing union strategies

Mary Fogarty
Industrial/Research Officer

Study will examine tactics employed by Federation to protect teachers' rights and conditions over past 35 years

A University of Sydney study is investigating how Federation has strategically responded to forces of neoliberalism and marketisation affecting the working conditions of public school teachers in NSW.

This research, which is being conducted by PhD student Mihajla Gavin under the supervision of Associate Professor Susan McGrath-Champ and Professor Marian Baird, is looking at the tactics and strategies used by Federation to protect and defend the rights and conditions of their members since the mid-1980s. The study will consider how decision-making and leadership are used to develop, implement and evaluate strategy.

You are invited to take part in the study to provide opinions and perspectives. The project will specifically look at the following list of issues. Maybe you played a key role in developing the Federation’s strategy around some of these issues. Perhaps you were significantly affected by the outcomes of a particular policy or you’re just incredibly passionate about any of the issues. Your insights are welcomed.

Remember these issues?

  • Bega High School staffing dispute (1984-85)
  • Teacher Efficiency Review (1985-86)
  • Opposition to the two-tier wages system and Structural Efficiency Principle (1986-1990)
  • Loss of 2500 teaching positions under Greiner/Metherell (1988-89)
  • Meadowbank decision (1988-1990)
  • Schools Renewal/Scott Management Review (1989-92)
  • Global Budgeting, Flexible School Resource Management Trial and the Baumgart Staffing Review (1989-1999)
  • 1996 salaries and status campaign (1995-96)
  • Casual women teacher pay discrimination case (“Amery” case) (1995-2006)
  • 1999 salaries and status campaign (1998-2000)
  • Local Schools, Local Decisions (March 2012)

Interviews for the study will take place from October. If you have an hour available and are interested in participating, please contact Mihajla Gavin by email or phone (0417 427 560) before Friday 30 September to discuss your availability.

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