Sarina Russo members make significant wins in new agreement
ELICOS sector members at the Sarina Russo Institute in Queensland have secured enhanced working conditions and contemporary wages after the negotiation of a new collective agreement.
Under the new agreement, members at the Institute now have access to an additional week of annual leave, enhanced Paid Parental Leave (PPL) entitlements, domestic leave entitlements, paid professional development and paid preparation and correction time.
IEUA-QNT lead organiser Nick Holliday said the year-long negotiations which concluded last December were complex – involving all other sections of the Sarina Russo Group, not just the English language schools.
“The agreement is a unique one for our sector as it is the first single agreement that covers all sites, not just employees in education,” he said.
“Our members were negotiating alongside staff from Job Access, VOICE, Higher Education, Apprenticeship Services and Corporate Services divisions.
“These negotiations have led to some significant wins including access to paid professional development in order to maintain contemporary education practice as well as three hours per week paid marking and preparation time for casual staff,” he said.
“In addition the new agreement has been able to bring wages from award rates to industry level with appropriate increases in line with industry standards.
“Members also now have access to domestic violence leave, added PPL leave and cultural leave provisions as well as an additional week of annual leave each year after three years of service.
“Another significant outcomes has been the members ability to establish a school consultative committee to discuss any arising issues in an open, consultative manner between employees and employers.”
Mr Holliday said members are to be congratulated for their outstanding achievements in securing enhanced working conditions and contemporary provisions for the ELICOS sector.