Workload Wednesday

Securing your break entitlements

Last week’s Workload Wednesday created a lot of discussion among members who had not been receiving their full meal break and rest pause entitlements. 

These entitlements are non-negotiable. The department expects teachers to receive 225 minutes of meal breaks, in addition to 50 minutes of rest/pause breaks each week. To deny you these entitlements would be to breach the Teachers Award and the certified agreement. It could also be a workplace health and safety matter. 

If you are not receiving the above conditions in full, you should:

  1. address the issue in writing with your school leader
  2. if the problem continues, raise your concerns with your Union Rep
  3. contact the Department of Education or your QTU Regional Organiser for assistance should the matter still not be resolved.

Uploaded 20 June 2018