AIL recently negotiated a six-figure settlement for a teacher following a psychiatric injury she sustained after being significantly overworked. The member suffered a deterioration in her mental health after being allocated a larger workload, which forced her to work outside of her regular hours and caused significant stress. The member began to experience panic attacks, lost a substantial amount of weight and began taking sick leave. The principal at her school noticed a decline in the member’s health but said she would need to wait for her senior classes to finish their year before decreasing her workload. The member continued to work full time, hoping to reduce her hours once her senior classes were done. However, her mental health continued to deteriorate, resulting in her being certified as unfit for work. AIL helped her with the WorkCover claim process, reinstating weekly payments following termination of her entitlements, lodging a lump sum claim, and eventually suing DET. The claim for pain and suffering was able to be resolved without affecting her ongoing compensation payments.
The law & you: Cracking down on wage theft
Under new legislation, wage theft is finally a criminal offence in Victoria, with severe penalties for employers who try to rip off their workers.
Legal news: Ensuring member rights and safety
The AEU’s industrial team has had a number of positive outcomes for members in Term 3.
TAFE & Adult Provision
Industrial matters: workload and OHS
The latest updates on industrial matters in the TAFE and Disability sectors.
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For anyone working in public education right now, front of mind are workload, salaries and conditions, and critical workforce shortages. With the re-election of a Labor government in Victoria, we celebrate some historic campaign wins and look at the ongoing challenges in schools, TAFEs and kindergartens. Read more in our Term 4, 2022 edition of AEU News.View Latest Edition