Employers acknowledge wage disparity but choose to ignore it
Queensland Catholic employing authorities have acknowledged the disparity that exists between Queensland experienced teachers and their interstate counterparts.
However at this week’s Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) meetings, instead of addressing this inequitable situation, the employers chose to ignore it – remaining wedded to a position which would see the continued underpayment of experienced teachers in Queensland Catholic schools.
The employers also continued their rejection of the wage justice of paying four (4) weeks annual leave to term time school officers.
Employers must address wage disparity
The longstanding inequities between Queensland Catholic experienced teacher salaries and those of their interstate colleagues must be addressed. For Queensland experienced teachers at the top automatic incremental step (Experienced 4) the reality is that Queensland teachers currently receive $6,792 p.a. less than their NSW counterparts at the top automatic incremental step.
The latest communication from Queensland Catholic employing authorities put forward a position which does not compare like against like. To achieve ET6 classification, teachers must demonstrate levels of proficiency across five criteria. If a comparison is made involving classifications which are not automatic and must be applied for, it should be noted that an ET6 teacher in Queensland will earn $10,173 less than a HAT teacher in New South Wales from 1 January 2016.
Time for equity for term time school officers
Wage justice for term time school officer continues to be rejected by Queensland Catholic employing authorities, who state that providing four (4) weeks paid annual leave to these employees would be “inequitable”.
The real inequity for these employees is that their employers have structured their employment in such a way that they can never work 52 weeks per year and are therefore structurally denied four (4) weeks paid annual leave in line with the community standard.
Queensland Catholic employing authorities have compounded this inequity in the way they structure the length of school year. In particular the reduction of the school year by expanding the Easter holiday time has meant a further reduction in the actual weeks per year term time school officers can work.
There can be no resolution of these negotiations while this structural inequity continues and term time school officers are denied four (4) weeks annual leave.