Brisbane Girls Grammar School continues to lead on working conditions
Members at Brisbane Girls Grammar School have voted to accept a new collective union agreement that will maintain the school’s status as a sector leader in terms of wages and working conditions.
In a clear endorsement of the proposed agreement, 96% of employees voted to accept the agreement in a recent employee ballot.
The collective efforts of union members and their bargaining representatives have ensured a replacement agreement that includes a number of significant outcomes including:
- Annual wage and salary increases of 3.25% for all employee categories.
- The introduction of a new Lead Teacher classification to recognise experienced teachers.
- Enhanced consultation provisions including a rejuvenated and expanded school consultative committee.
- Greater clarity around teacher working arrangements and measures to address workload concerns.
- Confirmation of time in lieu compensation for employees attending camps.
- The provision of redundancy severance payments well in excess of statutory minimums.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said that the new agreement provides a clear example for the development of contemporary wages and conditions in the sector.
“The new agreement at Brisbane Girls Grammar School is a great example of employees acting collectively in order to ensure a successful bargaining outcome. The great work of the employee bargaining team was very actively supported by a united union Chapter that was engaged in the process from day 1 of the negotiations”.
“Members and the school should be commended for their commitment to constructive discussions and their preparedness to find mutually acceptable solutions to the issues identified by employees”.
Pending formal approval by the Fair Work Commission, the new agreement will operate from 1 January 2016.