Teachers & ES Alliance

Help, I need better working conditions – my health is endangered.

Help, I need better working conditions – my health is endangered.

Forty to fifty percent of graduate teachers leave teaching within the first 5 years. Surveys reveal that they feel burnt out, unsupported, frustrated and disillusioned. Research shows that long serving teachers are retiring early (if they can afford to) and most are feeling utterly spent.

The Australian Council For Educational Research (ACER) conducted a survey in 2016, of 13,000 AEU members. It revealed that teachers work around 53 hours a week and principals about 60 hours a week.

The ACER report adds “About one half of support staff are able to complete work during their formal working hours and of those who do work at school outside their paid attendance hours, they typically work an additional 2.6 hours.”

Many long-serving teachers seek individual solutions to the exhausting workload by going part time, if they can get it and if they can afford it. This illustrates that the education system is in a bad way. Teachers, who are members of a union should not have to seek individual solutions.
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2017 proposed EBA – say NO!

Click here for a PDF version that includes graphs. Vote No to the Proposed Agreement 2017

Vote No the Proposed Agreement 2017

By Steven Adams


Part 1 About the Author and overview.

I started teaching as a Mathematics teacher in 2004 and joined the AEU the same year. In 2005 I moved to Hallam Senior College where I have been for the last 13 years. During most of that time I have been on Consultation Committee and/or part of the sub-branch executive. I have spent two separate stints on AEU Branch Council one from 2010-12 and other from 2016 to present.

I have previously advocated against the last two agreements. Even someone who is as critical as me has to admit that the proposed agreement has a number of gains across a number of areas. For the sake of time I will let the AEU leadership outline these and instead focus on the side of the argument that they won’t focus on.

In every vote like the one we will be expected to do, voters need to make an informed decision. What this means is that both sides of the argument need to be considered before we can truly make an informed vote. I hope that this document will be even valuable to those who end up voting ‘Yes’ to give a bit of background to why people like myself will be voting ‘No’.
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Letters the AEU won’t publish


 Letter by Steve Adams

Please show some respect

Last term a position came up on council for which I was eligible for. Having just missed out on being elected for this position back in 2012 by just a handful of votes; I was keen to nominate again. I knew that my opposition to the last agreement meant that it was likely that the AEU leadership would recommend the other candidate, however, what I didn’t expect that I would not be officially informed of the outcome.

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Letters blocked by the AEU Leadership

Why was this letter submitted to the AEU News in May not published? It was twice resubmitted.   


The November 2014 state election was expected to be close with Labor favoured to win.

That happened.

The election presented the AEU with an important opportunity to lockin the main political parties on the key funding issues of Gonski and year 5 & 6 commitments, and the more critical per capita funding gap. This has Victorian schools a massive $2,000 per student annually below the national average and worsening.

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Why Vote Teachers & ES Alliance in 2015

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– Enforceable conditions to decrease our workload

– Job security- end contracts

– End the competitive schools agenda; no to test data driven teaching

– Increase public school funding to stop the creeping privatisation of public schools.



Mary Merkenich for Branch President merkenich.mary.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

Steven Adams for Deputy President adams.steven.j@edumail.vic.gov.au

Lucy Honan for Branch Secretary honan.lucy.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

Bronwyn Jennings for Deputy Secretary jennings.bronwyn.bj@edumail.vic.gov.au

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