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Summary of SSTUWA issues in relation to Term 2 school operations

9 April 2020

The SSTUWA is seeking urgent discussions around the following issues for Term 2, 2020. These positions are provided on a “without prejudice” basis, given the rapidly changing information and circumstances.

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Letter to the Minister - 27 March 20

27 March 2020

The SSTUWA has written to the Minister for Education raising a number of issues including calling for pupil free days to start next week, high risk employees to be allowed to work from home, hospital standard cleans of all schools and TAFEs during the holidays, a guarantee of sufficient hygiene products for schools and TAFEs, support services for pupils learning at home, guarantees on pay and leave and realignment of classrooms to meet social distancing requirements. You can see the full letter here.

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An update for you from AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe

27 March 2020

The AEU has won significant commitments that enhance our members’ safety and working conditions across the country following intensive lobbying and negotiations with federal, state and territory governments.

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SSTUWA wants pupil free days for WA schools brought forward

26 March 2020

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA said while it welcomed the State Government’s decision to introduce pupil free days in WA schools, they should be implemented earlier.

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President Pat Byrne: Why school students should stay at home

25 March 2020

President Pat Byrne on why school students should stay at home, published in The West Australian on 25 March 2020.

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AEU: Chaos and confusion must not continue for preschools, schools and TAFE

23 March 2020

Last night’s statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has caused major confusion for principals, teachers, education support staff and parents. Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal President Correna Haythorpe called on all governments to have consistency with the decisions that are being made for schools, preschools and TAFE.

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AEU to meet with Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan about COVID-19 concerns

20 March 2020

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan will meet with the leadership of the Australian Education Union (AEU) on Tuesday 24th March 2020. The meeting is agreed following the concerns expressed by the AEU in a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday 19th March, 2020.

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COVID-19: Joint letter to PM from AEU

19 March 2020

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe and heads of the Australian Education Union branches nation-wide have signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding COVID-19.

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COVID-19: From the Minister for Education and Training

18 March 2020

From the Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery: We are in extraordinary and challenging times and things are changing rapidly. As teachers and school staff, you play a significant role, with responsibility for more than 317,000 students across 818 public schools in WA.

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NAPLAN must go

25 February 2020

The national report into the debacle behind the 2019 NAPLAN online testing regime has shown that after a decade of NAPLAN it is time for it to go, and be replaced by an assessment mechanism that puts teaching and learning at its heart.

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TAFE essential for a strong economy

20 December 2019

​The Morrison Government’s policy objectives which strip funding from TAFE and privatise vocational education is causing lasting damage to the Australian economy which will take decades to fix.

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Morrison Government continues to undermine TAFE

5 December 2019

​A new report revealing that the Morrison Government cut $325 million in funding from TAFE budgets last year is yet more evidence Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not value TAFE’s crucial role in the provision of high quality vocational education.

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NATSIPA and Te Akatea Maori Principals conference

5 December 2019

The NATSIPA and Te Akatea Maori Principals conference is now live and open for registrations. The early bird rate still applies until the 13 December.

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New Work Health and Safety Act

4 December 2019

An historic moment for SSTUWA OSH Organiser Joy Barrett, leaving State Parliament after the second reading of the new Work Health and Safety Act.

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PISA highlights Morrison Govt’s equity funding gaps for low-SES schools

4 December 2019

The latest OECD report of international school system performance has shown the impact of six years of Federal Coalition government failure when it comes to properly funding and resourcing our public schools.

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Presidents letter to The West Australian - School reviews part of striving for excellence

29 November 2019

The West Australian editorial (p76, 29/11) School reviews part of striving for excellence misses the key point on coverage of the review system.

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Modern work safety Bill welcomed

29 November 2019

​UnionsWA has today welcomed the tabling in the WA Parliament by the McGowan Government of its Bill to modernise workplace health and safety law in WA.

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Message to members from President Pat Byrne

26 November 2019

​The misrepresentation of the new school review process, aimed at schools identifying areas where they need more resources and support, is disgraceful.

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​New WA work health survey; old laws inadequate

11 November 2019

UnionsWA has today released the results of a major work health and safety survey of over 1,500 West Australians.

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Morrison Government preferences funding increases for Catholic schools despite falling enrolments

11 November 2019

The Morrison Government continues to preference funding to Catholic schools despite falling enrolments and in the face of booming student enrolments in the public system, according to new analysis of ACARA finance and enrolment data.

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