The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invitations educators, college students and working individuals in Australia and internationally to take part in a web-based assembly on Sunday, June 19, at 1 p.m. (AEDT).
The occasion, titled “The crisis of public education, the betrayal of the teacher unions, and the need for independent rank-and-file committees,” will evaluation the catastrophe that has developed in public faculties and the duty the Australian Education Union bears for it. The dialogue can even define a political perspective, together with the constructing of rank-and-file committees, to battle for first rate wages and circumstances for educators and for a correctly resourced, universally accessible public schooling system. Register now: https://bit.ly/3Q2MEBi
Public college academics and Education Support workers have just lately handed by a number of vital experiences with the teacher unions.
In Victoria, the Australian Education Union (AEU) final month solely narrowly managed to ram by a regressive four-year industrial settlement. The deal struck between the union and the state Labor authorities concerned a nominal annual wage rise of lower than 2 %, representing a considerable actual wage lower. Union officers secured a majority vote in favour of the settlement by mounting a decided marketing campaign of misinformation and social media censorship. Despite this, report opposition was registered in union delegates’ conferences and the last normal poll, with 38-39 % voting “no.” This opposition, which is able to solely intensify as the value of dwelling crisis escalates additional in the subsequent interval, gives an vital foundation for constructing a political motion in defence of educators’ wages and circumstances and for the public schooling system.
This motion needs to be developed nationally and internationally. The Victorian college actual wage lower will probably be utilized by the just lately elected federal Labor authorities as a precedent. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his colleagues are decided to make the working class bear the burden of its drive to slash escalating money owed and deficits by austerity measures.
The Victorian AEU sellout follows an identical course of in South Australia two years in the past, when an industrial settlement that concerned actual wage cuts and the upkeep of present poor circumstances was solely narrowly ratified by 54 %, with 46 % of educators voting towards.
Now in New South Wales, public college staff confront the risk of yet one more union industrial settlement betrayal. This has been clearly foreshadowed by the NSW Teachers Federation’s choice to situation the state Liberal authorities of Premier Dominic Perrottet with a no strike pledge. This adopted two 24-hour strikes, in May and December, the first such industrial actions in NSW for a decade. These restricted actions had been twice adopted by no strike pledges, primarily based on craven “good faith” appeals to the right-wing Perrottet authorities. In ruling out additional industrial motion, the NSW Teachers Federation forms was consciously isolating academics, together with from their Catholic sector colleagues who additionally just lately took strike motion, and blocking a united battle of different public sector staff confronting comparable assaults, together with public servants, nurses and well being staff, and railway staff.
The teacher unions’ collaboration with state authorities assaults on the public schooling system and on academics’ wages and circumstances is in step with their vital function in imposing the reopening of the faculties at the starting of the yr, regardless of surging COVID-19 infections. The complete political institution, Labor and Liberal alike, labored to sabotage Australia’s zero-COVID state of affairs in the direction of the finish of 2021, heeding the calls for of massive enterprise and finance capital for the junking of all public well being measures that impinged on earnings. Then Prime Minister Scott Morrison brazenly defined that the faculties needed to be reopened, regardless of an infection charges, so that companies might pressure staff again into their workplaces. The teacher unions heeded the name, stopping any opposition from rising as faculties grew to become tremendous spreading websites, threatening lots of of hundreds of youngsters and college staff with Long COVID and different hostile well being results.
The CFPE’s public assembly will analyse these developments and clarify the foundation for our name for the formation of rank-and-file committees. Not a single step ahead will be taken inside the confines of the teacher unions. Comprising a extremely paid, upper-middle class layer, the union forms’s profitable privileges derive from its collaboration with federal and state governments, towards the pursuits of odd academics and college staff. It is important to construct a community of rank-and-file committees, independent of the commerce unions, democratically organised and led by trusted educators and college staff, to take ahead the vital political and industrial battle for the public schooling system.
The CFPE rejects the claims of governments, unions, the media and all those that defend capitalism that there’s “no money.” There are assets, that are all produced by the working class, however they’re in the arms of the company and monetary elite. We name for the nationalisation of the banks, mining firms and main companies below democratic staff’ management in order to satisfy the urgent social wants of the majority, not the earnings of the rich few. This means a battle for a socialist perspective.
The CFPE’s public assembly will present a discussion board through which uncensored dialogue, questions, and experiences from completely different faculties and communities will be raised. The assembly can even characteristic a speaker from the United States, who will report on the crisis of public schooling there and the vital industrial motion just lately taken by educators in several states to defend their pursuits and these of their college students.
Register upfront and promote the assembly amongst educators, college students, colleagues and associates!
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