ACT Australian Education Union Secretary Glenn Fowler stood down over ‘number of complaints’, prosecuted under union rules | The Canberra Times

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A prominent ACT school teacher’s union leader has been charged under the group’s code following “a series of complaints”. In a week in which a popular school principal in Canberra stood aside over comments about mandatory vaccinations, ACT training has been embroiled in another controversy with the local Australian Education Union’s department secretary, Glenn Fowler, standing down. Fowler has been on leave since March, although details of the absence have been scarce so far. Department members received an email Friday night revealing that “there had been a series of complaints” against Fowler. The email did not disclose the content of these complaints. “The branch immediately placed Glenn Fowler on paid leave and organized an independent investigation into the complaints,” it read. “After the investigation, charges were filed under union rules.” READ MORE NEWS: The AEU said it would address the matter under the union code and did not intend to comment further. According to its code, the trade union only had the power to investigate complaints in writing from a paying member of the AEU. A confidential report may be submitted to the branch manager, who was then sent to the subject of the complaint. A member who proves to be in violation of the Code may be expelled, suspended, or fined up to $ 100. Dismissal would require a member to be found guilty of violating union funds, a “substantial” violation. on federal branch rules, “gross misconduct” or “gross negligence of duty.” Fowler has the right to appear before the AEU Committee to defend himself and to appeal within 14 days of any finding. It comes after it was revealed that Charnwood-Dunlop school principal Rob Lans would take “some time out of the workplace” after criticizing mandatory vaccines for ACT teachers during a video with One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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