The Australian Education Union has overturned its decision to hold a work stoppage for preschool teachers.
The proposed industrial action was set to take place on Thursday, August 13, after negotiations with the Victorian Government for an increased preschool teacher wage hit roadblocks. Now the AEU’s Early Childhood Sector Council has suspended the action, as progress has been made in reaching an agreement. Other parties involved in the negotiations are the Early Learning Association of Australia (ELAA) and Municipal Association of Victoria.
The AEU has said better wages and working conditions are necessary to retain a high quality workforce for Victoria’s preschools.
“The government was well aware of what was at stake, and we are pleased that important progress has been made, without the need to proceed with the stopwork action,” said Martel Menz, deputy vice-president of AEU Victoria. “The willingness of members to take a stand has made all the difference.”
Shane Lucas, chief executive of the ELAA, has welcomed the union’s decision to suspend industrial action, as it reflects “the good faith demonstrated by all parties through recent discussions between employers, the AEU and the Department of Education and Training,” he said. Lucas also said progress had been made.
“We understand this decision was made by the union’s Early Childhood Sector Council, which determined that significant progress has been made in recent weeks on the important issues of educator salaries, career structures, and workloads – and most importantly, on state government funding to support a new enterprise agreement,” Lucas said in a statement.
He also advised ELAA members to deliver services as usual on August 13, and to make sure parents and educators are aware the work stoppage will not proceed.Do you have an idea for a story?
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