Attend CFPE (Australia) meeting: “The crisis of public education, the betrayal of the teacher unions, and the need for independent rank-and-file committees” | #socialmedia


The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on Sunday, June 19, at 1 p.m. (AEDT).

The event, titled “The crisis of public education, the betrayal of the teacher unions, and the need for independent rank-and-file committees,” will review the disaster that has developed in public schools and the responsibility the Australian Education Union bears for it. The discussion will also outline a political perspective, including the building of rank-and-file committees, to fight for decent wages and conditions for educators and for a properly resourced, universally accessible public education system. Register now: https://bit.ly/3Q2MEBi

Public school teachers and Education Support staff have recently passed through several important experiences with the teacher unions.

In Victoria, the Australian Education Union (AEU) last month only narrowly managed to ram through a regressive four-year industrial agreement. The deal struck between the union and the state Labor government involved a nominal annual wage rise of less than 2 percent, representing a substantial real wage cut. Union officials secured a majority vote in favour of the agreement by mounting a determined campaign of misinformation and social media censorship. Despite this, record opposition was registered in union delegates’ meetings and the final general ballot, with 38-39 percent voting “no.” This opposition, which will only intensify as the cost of living crisis escalates further in the next period, provides an important basis for building a political movement in defence of educators’ wages and conditions and for the public education system.





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