Education minister canes teachers’ union bosses
The Queensland Teachers Union leadership was criticised by Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek over their role in negotiations following last month’s protests outside Parliament House.
Mr Langbroek said in Parliament today the QTU didn’t directly involve themselves in negotiations over the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement either before or after the protest.
“There was a rally outside the parliament at which they asked us to look at these EB negotiations and to take more urgent action,” Mr Langbroek said.
“There have been 28 meetings about negotiations on this enterprise bargain and the president and the general secretary of the union has been at not one those meetings.
“So I ask teachers around this state whether the representation they are getting from their union leaders is appropriate.”
But QTU deputy general secretary Kate Ruttiman said members of the QTU were present at all meetings.
“A senior officer of the QTU has attended every meeting of the Single Bargaining Unit; as the lead negotiator I have attended the vast majority of them,” Ms Ruttiman said in a letter published in the Courier-Mail.
“As senior officers, we are elected to advocate on behalf of the 44,000 teachers and principal members of the QTU.”