Posted November 04, 2018 15:29:50 An announcement by the Federal Government on Tuesday that it will expand Job Fair for Australian teachers and students has been met with some confusion and confusion, with a lot of misinformation being circulated on social media and in the media.
The National Australia Day announcement on November 4 was one of the first of its kind to come out of the Coalition Government.
The announcement came just as some Australian public sector unions were gearing up for a major round of bargaining.
The Minister for Education, Simon Birmingham, made it clear that there would be no change to the current system of allowing teachers and learners to unionise in some schools and workplaces.
In a press release, the Minister for Jobs, Skills and Employment, Andrew Constance, said the Government’s announcement would “create more opportunities for teachers and other Australians to unionize”.
“This announcement is an opportunity to create an extra level of transparency, accountability and fairness in how we manage our public education system, while protecting taxpayers’ dollars,” Mr Constance said.
“This is an important step forward in the delivery of education reform and a win for teachers, students and parents alike.”
But the announcement also came with some mixed messages.
First, it’s a good idea to make sure teachers are trained in the new system before they get a job, and some teachers in particular may struggle to understand the difference between a new job and a job offer.
Second, the announcement does not actually go into details on what will happen to teachers.
“What this announcement is not doing is taking any action to create any jobs or training opportunities for Australians, including teachers,” Mr Birmingham said in a statement.
He added that it would be “inappropriate” to comment further on the announcement at this stage.
“It is important to remember that teachers are not going to lose their jobs and we will be ensuring the best possible outcomes for all teachers, regardless of their profession,” Mr Ferguson said in the statement.
The Government has made it very clear that it wants to keep the existing system of unionisation.
It will require teachers to pass a series of tests and, if they do so, will be able to take part in a recruitment process.
If they pass the test, they will be eligible for job offers from the Government.
It is also very clear the Government is not planning to allow any of the existing unions to negotiate with the government.
The government has also pledged to continue providing teachers with a job at the same rate as other workers, which is likely to be a sticking point in negotiations.
A number of teachers unions have voiced concerns about the proposed changes.
Some unions are also concerned about the timing of the announcement.
Some teachers union members have expressed concern about the announcement being made in the middle of the national holiday, with some saying the announcement is a bad idea and will hurt the bargaining process.
However, the minister has said that the announcement will not affect schools.
This could make it harder for teachers to unionify.
Some schools are also expected to close and reopen in the coming weeks as a result of the decision, meaning teachers could have to make new commitments for school closures and reopenings.
Some people are also worried that the Government will put in place additional rules to make it difficult for teachers unions to strike.
It has already imposed strict restrictions on how many days a school can be open, including not being able to give more than 10 teachers a day off.
It also wants to change the way students and teachers are treated, making it harder to challenge decisions or get support for teachers.
The Federal Government is also putting forward a bill that would extend the definition of the terms of reference for the Federal Education Union (FEU), which will make it easier for teachers in certain areas to unionised.
This means teachers will be allowed to union to get around the existing restrictions on what can be included in a contract.
However there are also questions about the impact of the changes on the teachers’ role and ability to represent the union.
For example, if the FEU goes into administration, teachers who are in charge of other aspects of the school could be unable to continue to negotiate, so teachers would need to be able negotiate a new contract with the Government if the union goes out of business.
Some school principals have also expressed concern that the changes will make some principals more vulnerable to pressure from teachers unions.
The FEU’s decision comes at a time of increased scrutiny on the Government over its reform agenda.
Earlier this month, the Opposition in the House of Representatives published a letter asking the Government to explain why it is prioritising the union at the expense of the broader reform agenda of the Education Minister, Christopher Pyne.
The Opposition in Opposition has been pressing the Government on this issue for months, with members demanding answers on the number of days schools are open, what types of classes are taught, the number and quality of support staff, and the impact that changes to the way the Government manages funding will