The Tasmanian Greens today called on the Education Minister Lin Thorp to honour a verbal agreement between Labor and the Australian Education Union (AEU) to provide less stand-down time for Teacher Aides.

Greens Education spokesperson Paul O’Halloran said that in the current climate of spiralling electricity prices and other living costs, it is completely unreasonable to expect permanent employees to be stood-down and accept non-payment for eight weeks every year.

“I don’t know of any other permanent employee who is just not paid for eight weeks out of the year,” said Mr O’Halloran.

“The last Teacher Aide agreement was negotiated in 2008 by the then Minister David Bartlett, and promised relief from stand down. With the next negotiation looming fast, I am calling on Minister Thorp to commit to honouring this in the next round of negotiations, given that little has changed since this 2008 negotiation.”

“The Greens are calling for a commitment from Labor to increase the current employment of Teacher Aides from 42 to 48 weeks out of the year, with annualisation, and for this commitment to be implemented in a timely manner,” said Mr O’Halloran.