I would like to express my concern for the plight of temporary teachers in NSW public schools. These teachers do the same work (or more) as permanent teachers, often for years or even decades, but with no job security. Some teachers are finally granted permanency after years on a waiting list. Others are not.
Temporary teachers in this position are often afraid to speak up against workplace bullying or stand up for our working conditions for the very real reason that they may not have a job the following year! (I do not write this as a reflection, in any way, on my school but as a response to the many reports of bullying and intimidation that I hear from teachers at association meetings and also from teaching friends across the state.)
This situation has a flow-on effect. It is divisive and detrimental to the morale of all teaching staff in schools where it occurs. Surely temporary teachers who do the same work and have the same qualifications as their permanent colleagues, should be given the right to tenure after a finite time period, for example two or three years of service to the Department?
Is Federation able to negotiate a better deal for our “temporary” colleagues? This is an issue we need to address.