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Issue #1580      February 6, 2013

AEU and Vic govt enter into negotiations

Negotiations with the state government for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement for public school staff, begun on January 31, were a positive step and intense negotiations have been scheduled for next week, the Australian Education Union (AEU) said.

This was the first time the AEU and the government have met since negotiations broke down for a second time last November 22.

AEU Victorian president Meredith Peace said the talks were a positive start but warned that they remain a long way apart on a number of key issues.

“We have agreed to meet with the state government three times next week in a bid to resolve this dispute as quickly as possible.

“The state government has dragged this dispute out for over two years by refusing to listen to the concerns of education staff, parents and the broader community. This dispute will only be resolved through the negotiation process.”

The AEU put a significantly revised offer – of 4.2 percent per year over three years – to the government in November and have yet to receive a formal response.

“This offer was comparable to teacher salaries in NSW and South Australia and in line with the police deal in Victoria,” said Ms Peace.

“If the Premier cares about the future of education in this state and respects the views of parents who want this dispute resolved – he will put a fair and reasonable offer forward,” Ms Peace said.

Due to a confidentiality agreement, the AEU could not reveal the content of the negotiations but AEU members can get full briefings at regional meetings.  

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