Members’ support is needed to ensure the union’s key priority areas inform the political direction of the state election.
The union is demanding:
- a cap on contestable funding for TAFE with the rollout of Smart and Skilled next year
- the removal of the ceiling for annual pay increases and access to an independent umpire to argue for fair wage increases
- a commitment to negotiate when the school staffing agreement expires
- proper support and access for our students with additional learning needs
- teaching and learning environments that meet 21st century standards.
To begin local campaigning, delegations of members are asked to visit their MP to seek support for the union’s key priority areas and gather information to further inform the union’s state election campaign. If you are able to assist, please volunteer at your local teachers association meeting or contact your Organiser. Support materials to assist members with their visit and discussion are available from Organisers.
Federation Council on November 22 will provide an opportunity to listen to and question three politicians who play a strong role in education NSW: Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, Labor education spokesperson Ryan Park and Greens NSW education spokesperson John Kaye.
On a related matter, Unions NSW in the lead-up to the state election will be campaigning around Stop the Sell-Off of NSW and is trialling a door-knocking strategy in targeted seats across NSW. The first event will be in the electorate of Londonderry is on November 22. If you are interested in participating, go to Unions NSW.
The state election will be held on March 28, 2015.