Finn noted that before the delegates` meeting, he did not know that teachers were obliged to vote on an «improvement package» alongside the agreement that the overwhelming majority of teachers did not know about. The issue was raised at the Abbotsford meeting by MS members, who stated that the secondary contract referred to recommendations in Bracks magazine, which called not only for teachers` salary increases to be performance-related, but also for the acceleration of school consolidations and other breaches of working conditions. (See: «Victorian Teachers` Agreement and Benefit Compensation» – stifling the Australian Education Union) The agreement was adopted with 87.5% yes in the choice of workers. Peter, a teacher in an urban school, attended the same delegate assembly. «There was no honesty about the origin of their [AEU] ideas,» he said. «I think we have to be careful, especially with regard to the leadership of the United States and Great Britain.» Peter expressed concern that the agreement, although he does not recognize it, would support precisely this direction. For the first time in a generation, we have a proposal for an agreement that puts in place important measures for workload and contracts. Teachers and supporters of the Socialist Equality Party received considerable support from other teachers when they played the reactionary nature of the agreement and the union`s complicity in reducing the public education system by promoting performance pay and standardized tests. (See: «Teachers reject Australian Education Union sale agreement to Victorian Assembly of Delegates») Finn criticised the union`s staging of a mass advertising campaign calling on teachers to vote «yes» to the deal, including leaflets outside the delegates` venue. «We pay members. Membership is not cheap in this organization.
I don`t need to be convinced. I can read this and discuss it myself. I was really upset; The union leaflet must have cost thousands of dollars. He added, «I said coming here — under no circumstances will they have people handing out leaflets.» Finn, a music teacher at Thornbury Secondary College, attended a delegate meeting in Abbottsford on Monday night with two of his colleagues and was one of many teachers who opposed the deal during the meeting. Rebecca, who refers in the agreement to the so-called «30 plus 8» rule: «What they are doing is allowing teachers to change the culture in the workplace. You come with this «30 plus 8» rule, where you do 30 hours of personal classes and 8 hours of administration, and if you get to the end of your eight hours, no matter what you have to do, stop telling your manager, «I`m done, I`ve done my 8 hours.» That`s ridiculous.