District teachers and support staff took their collective concerns about pay and conditions to Member for Rodney Paul Weller's office yesterday.RUTH CLAYTON December 7, 2012 4:45am
Teachers from Echuca Specialist School, Kristen Haines and Amanda Rosato, hold placards outsite Paul Weller's office yesterday.
More than 100 teachers and support staff protested outside Member for Rodney Paul Weller’s office yesterday morning as part of the Australian Education Union’s Keep The Promise campaign.
Wearing red campaign shirts and holding protest signs, AEU members from schools in Echuca, Leitchville, Rochester, Cohuna and Tongala waited outside the office while four AEU members, including deputy president Meredith Peace, discussed teachers’ pay and conditions with Mr Weller.
The AEU says the campaign is aimed to keep Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu accountable for his pledge to make Victoria’s teachers the highest paid in the country.
The union is demanding better wages, better working conditions, reasonable class sizes and non performance-based pay.
Negotiations between the AEU and the Victorian Government over pay and conditions initially broke down on April 19, according to AEU president Mary Bluett.
The AEU said negotiations were back on the table in September and broke down mid-November when the Victorian Government failed to respond to the union’s offer regarding pay.
Addressing the crowd after the discussion, Ms Peace thanked Mr Weller for agreeing to meet with the AEU representatives and said the protest had a ‘‘fantastic turn-out’’.
‘‘I think we got a pretty good hearing this morning,’’ Ms Peace said.
Ms Peace said the government was an unwilling party in negotiations.
She urged protesters to educate community members about what the campaign was about.
‘‘We have to keep campaigning
AEU Echuca region president Geoff Brown also addressed the crowd saying he hoped negotiations would resume as soon as possible.
Echuca College teacher David Armstrong was one of the protesters.
‘‘It (the rally) is for class sizes and conditions that we work under,’’ Mr Armstrong said.
‘‘We put in a lot of hours after school that we don’t get paid for.
‘‘We deserve at least to be paid the same as any other teacher in Australia.’’
The rally was one of the last of a series of 32 statewide stop-work rallies.
The AEU has organised further stop-work action on February 14.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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