Chapter action leads to reclaiming of lost release time for Middle Leaders
The collective action and strength of IEUA-QNT members at the St Augustine’s College (Ipswich) Chapter has resulted in a significant win on lost Middle Leader Release Time (MLRT).
The issue of MLRT lost due to scheduled school events had been raised by members at the College earlier this year, with some members scheduled to lose up to 30 hours due to school events and activities.
With the issue having been identified by members of the Chapter and raised with IEUA-QNT Moreton Branch Organiser Craig Darlington, meetings were sought between the employer and IEUA-QNT staff representatives.
As a result of this action by the Chapter and the successful negotiations initiated by our members, the employer has now committed to make reasonable efforts to replace lost MLRT in 2017.
Mr Darlington said the employer had also committed to a process where no MLRT time would be lost to scheduled school activities in 2018.
“MLRT is essential in ensuring Middle Leaders are able to continue to deliver quality leadership and education,” Mr Darlington said.
“A commitment to ensuring no release time is lost is a commitment to respect the professional standing of these educators.
“Thanks to their collective efforts, members at the Chapter have been able to address the unfair scheduling practices occurring at the school, and reclaim the proper release time for Middle Leaders.
“Our union will continue to work with these members to ensure that the school’s commitment to return the time lost in 2017 is fulfilled, and that next year sees no release time lost for Middle Leaders at the school,” Mr Darlington said.