Education Minister acknowledges the importance of resolving outstanding C&K employees' claims
IEUA-QNT members in C&K Branch Centre kindergartens have welcomed comments made by Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones outside a C&K Branch Centre she was visiting in her electorate of Ashgrove.
View a video of Minister Jones' comments below.
Minister Jones acknowledged the ongoing concerns of members in the face of their employer’s refusal to provide any measures to address the workload faced by Directors as well as their attempt to cut access to superannuation co-contributions for employees (including future staff) not currently accessing the provision.
The state government currently provides substantial funding to C&K and also effectively gifted C&K its former Ithaca campus which C&K subsequently sold for several million dollars.
Education Minister acknowledges C&K employees’ dedication
In speaking outside the C&K Oakleigh Centre in Ashgrove, Minister Jones acknowledged that C&K’s proposal to cut employee access to superannuation co-contributions for those not currently accessing the provision (including future employees) was a “change from the current arrangement”.
Minister Jones said that “when we have a situation where we have predominately women working in a workforce we know that for any industry there is still a huge disparity between women’s superannuation and men’s superannuation and this causes one of the biggest disadvantages in our community”.
On the issue of extra time for Directors to do their work, Minister Jones acknowledged that this was an issue for C&K Branch Centre employees across the state.
Minister Jones said that “what we really need now is for this issue to be resolved as quickly as possible”.
The Minister went on to say that “parents… understand how hard our kindy teachers and educators work in that setting and… for the whole community, the sooner and quicker that this can be resolved, the better it is not only for the parents and the workers but also for the students, the children as well”.
Education Minister Kate Jones with IEUA-QNT members.
For more on the C&K negotiations, visit www.cutthecuts.org