• Teachers’ unpaid overtime hits $200 million
• DoE saving $25 million on retirements
The State Government is reaping windfall savings from retiring teachers as well as capitalising on teacher unpaid overtime, figures released today from the AEU Tasmanian Branch show.
AEU research* into teacher workloads shows that, on average, Tasmanian teachers are working 55 hours a week or $200 million in unpaid overtime each year.
As well, the Government is set to reap windfall savings of up to $25 million through the retirement of an aging cohort of teachers.
“Our members are extremely disappointed about a Government proposal to make them the lowest paid in the country when their cupboard is not bare and they clearly have expenditure options,” said Terry Polglase, AEU Tasmanian Branch President.
“These figures show that the Government is sitting on significant education department savings that make it difficult to understand why they persist with a wages offer that will make our teachers the lowest paid of any state or territory.”
AEU analysis of retirement profiles shows that the Government is set to save between $20 and $25 million over the next three years as older, higher ranking employees retire.
In addition, the Government is reaping the benefits of unpaid teacher unpaid overtime to the tune of $200 million.
Tasmanian teachers in public education have started industrial action in response to a state government offer on wages and conditions that fails to address chronic workload and salary concerns.
“Key requests to address workload are ‘no or low cost’ to the Government so we are at a loss to explain why they are not being taken seriously,” said Mr Polglase.
“Members are also extremely disappointed with the salary offer which will make them the lowest paid of any state or territory and almost $5000 below the national average.
“Our fiscal analysis shows that the Government clearly has choices over how it allocates salary savings and whether it chooses to acknowledge the millions of dollars of teachers’ unpaid overtime.”
“We believe Premier Lara Giddings is a strong supporter of quality education and we therefore call on her to intervene in these negotiations to remove key roadblocks on workload and salary.”
Terry Polglase, AEU Tasmanian Branch President.