Hope for teacher aides

TEACHER aides may not have to strike, after negotiations over a new three-year agreement took a positive turn.

The United Voice Union and Education Queensland were involved in lengthy deliberations which stalled in October, leaving teacher aides fearful for their jobs, but it seems an agreement has almost been reached.

The union and EQ released a joint statement to teacher aides regarding a deal which the teacher aides will either accept or reject in an upcoming ballot.

The agreement comes after issues of job security and threats of cutting work hours which could potentially force teacher aides to seek alternative jobs.

There is still a possibility of industrial action if the agreement is not accepted by the teacher aides; however, this could fall during school holidays, meaning no strike action would be needed.

Stanthorpe Primary School teacher aide Laura Kidd said the deal included a guarantee of current permanent hours and wage rise.



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