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Home > News > 2016 > August > Catholic employers organise backpayment as agreements are sent to FWC for approval

Catholic employers organise backpayment as agreements are sent to FWC for approval

Employing authorities will make application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for the approval of the new collective agreements following the signing of the documents by employee and employer representatives.

Implementation of the provisions of the new agreements will follow the approval process.

This approval process does not impact the employing authorities’ undertaking to make wage increases and back payments.

Last week’s announcement that experienced classroom teachers in the state sector will also have access to a salary of $101,000 in their new collective agreement, reinforces the far reaching implications for Queensland teacher salaries resulting from Catholic sector members’ achievements.

Approval by Fair Work Commission

The FWC approval process takes some weeks once application is made. Each balloted agreement will then come into legal force seven (7) days after the date of approval. The implementation of the provisions in the agreements then follows, consistent with the terms of the agreements.

Back payments

The FWC approval process does not impact the employing authorities’ undertaking to make wage increases and back payments following a successful ballot.

The timing of such payments should have been communicated to you directly by your employer. Chapters should take this matter up directly with their employer if they are still unsure regarding payment dates.

New provisions

Implementation of the provisions of the new collective agreements will follow the FWC approval process.

A number of the new provisions contained in the agreements, including those related to workload, will rely on members and Chapters for their effective implementation. This includes provisions related to protecting planning, preparation and correction time (PPCT).

Members will also have a role in guiding the focus of the time-bound classification review and negotiation process regarding Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher (LT) positions as well as the consideration of the implications for other employment categories, such as middle and senior leaders, in light of the classroom teacher wage outcome. 

The review and negotiation process will be supervised by the FWC. An initial meeting will be held shortly and members will be updated throughout the process.

State sector negotiations

The achievement by members of a $101,000 salary for classroom teachers at the top automatic step in the Queensland Catholic sector has set a new benchmark for the remuneration of teachers across the state.

Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) members are now set for similar wage provisions following a revised State Government offer last week. This improved offer includes wage increases to match the higher Queensland Catholic sector rates by 2018.

The significant outcomes achieved by Catholic sector members in this round of collective bargaining has long-term significance for the sector’s employees and for the quality of education in schools more broadly, and are clearly causing a major rethink of employer wage positions in every current negotiation underway in the Queensland education sector.

Members are to be commended for that broader achievement.


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