Last year was a challenging one for AEU members. But it was also full of activism and solidarity. Congratulations to the 320 members who stood together through their letter-writing campaign to demand that Education Minister James Merlino and his government value the hard work of Victoria’s casual relief teachers.
This year presents more important opportunities for members to have their voices heard. With federal and state elections looming, this is an opportunity for CRT members to campaign for positive change in your own working lives and on the broader issues you care about.
Public education is always a major focus in elections – and educators are the most powerful voices when campaigning on the importance of better school funding. Greater government investment not only allows schools to extend their programs and support for students, it also allows school leaders to support professional development, time-in-lieu, and leave provisions for staff – all of which expands the employment opportunities for CRTs.
Here at the AEU, teacher Euan Morton has joined me as co-CRT organiser. What better way to start the year than to bring someone new into the fold! Both Euan and I are excited to be working with AEU CRT members to help bring about the changes that you want to see in your working lives.
The AEU CRT Executive & Reference group is a great way for you to join with other members, get involved and get active. Meetings run fortnightly and will be advertised through the AEU CRT Association Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/AEU.CRTs.