School consultative committees providing critical forum for employees
The role of school consultative committees in allowing employees to have a say in workplace issues and promoting co-operation with employers is being recognised across the sector with an increasing number of schools establishing such committees.
Annandale Christian College, St Paul’s Anglican School and Bundaberg Christian College are just some of the schools which have recently established a school consultative committee.
Made up of employee and employer representatives, school consultative committees act as a formal consultative mechanisms often resulting from a collective bargaining agreement to ensure benefits gained in an agreement are implemented.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said having this type of committee in place enables employees and employers to ensure the working entitlements won through collective bargaining are realised at the school level.
“A School Consultative Committee has a range of functions from monitoring the implementation of an agreement through to recommending items to be included in the next agreement,” he said.
“It ensures all parties affected by ongoing implementation are consulted and works to increase employee participation in the decision-making process.
“For employees it means they have a formal avenue in the workplace to voice their concerns and report on the effects of changes in the workplace.
“In the case of St Paul’s Anglican School, the provisions of the Anglican Collective Agreement ensured that their IEUA-QNT organiser could meet with employee committee members in paid work time to run through the roles, responsibilities and duties of the committee.
“Given the ability to directly communicate employee concerns, all schools in the sector should be working to ensure such a committee is in place at their workplace,” Mr Burke said.
Members wanting more information on establishing a school consultative committee at their school should contact their IEUA-QNT organiser for more information.