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Home > News > Union support sees member’s leave protected

Union support sees member’s leave protected

maternity_leave_2.pngOne member has protected her ability to access maternity leave at half pay for double the period of time with the support of our union.

The member’s employer was reluctant to agree to a half pay double time arrangement as the employer mistakenly believed it would cost them substantially more to administer paid maternity leave in this way.

The member was only told that her employer would not approve her half pay leave arrangement on the day she was scheduled to commence leave.

In supporting the member to respond to her employer, our union identified errors and misunderstandings in the employer’s interpretation and application of the relevant industrial provisions.

Discussions with employer representatives identified not only potential errors in the calculation of wage payments for this employee, but also identified an issue in the school’s (mis)application of the relevant clause more broadly, which potentially also affects the calculation of proportional holiday pay for other teachers who work less than the full school year. 

Our union was able to successfully negotiate a prompt resolution for the member, ensuring she receives the correct wage payments at half pay, which she is entitled to during and after the birth of her child.  

Our union is also engaged in ongoing discussions with the employer to address any potential broader misapplications of the relevant collective agreement, and attempt to have a fair solution put in place administratively until the relevant agreement clause can be more formally amended through future bargaining.

Members who experience issues in accessing leave or other provisions should contact our union for support in the first instance. As this case study shows, our union’s industrial staff are able to provide members with the support they need to positively resolve such issues. 

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.