2 April 2019
The deliberate disruption to public services, the closure of schools and the refusal by the AEU to allow members to properly consider the new wages offer from the Government shows that this week’s strikes are all about union grandstanding and supporting Federal Labor’s election campaigns.
It is an indictment on the AEU for directing schools to close and directing their members to strike while there is an improved offer on the table, which the AEU has refused to take to their members.
Our offer addresses teacher workload concerns, hires more staff, supports principals and provides a fair and affordable seven per cent pay rise over three years for all staff.
What’s more, we now know that even when the AEU has claimed to consult their members, they’ve failed to allow a proper, democratic secret ballot where public servants can have their say without intimidation and stand-over tactics from unions.
The AEU bosses have taken a deliberate decision to impact on the provision of essential services, the learning of students, and to inconvenience families for political reasons. Their actions are unacceptable and unfair to Tasmanians who have a right to expect schools to be open and public services available.
Further action should be called off and the offer taken to members for a secret ballot which is the reasonable thing to do.