$101k Catholic classroom teacher salary sets benchmark for state
The achievement by members of a $101,000 salary for top automatic step classroom teacher in the Queensland Catholic sector has set a new benchmark for the remuneration of teachers across the sector and the state.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the outcome, the result of 15 months of collective bargaining negotiations, had far reaching implications for teacher salaries across Queensland including in the current public sector negotiations.
Under their proposed new agreement, experienced classroom teachers in Queensland Catholic schools will reach a salary of over $101,000 from 2018 – an increase from the current rate of $86,000.
“This significant outcome achieved by Catholic sector members has long-term significance for the sector’s employees and for the quality of education in schools more broadly.
“It is also causing a rethink of employer wage positions in every current negotiation underway in the Queensland education sector.
“For other members in the sector, now in collective bargaining negotiations with their employer or about to begin the process, they go into these discussions knowing that this significant outcome achieved by Queensland Catholic sector members cannot be ignored.
“Our state counterparts in Queensland, currently in negotiations with their employer, have already flagged the need to reach comparable salary levels as those achieved by Catholic sector members and should they be successful in their claim, then the general rate for teachers will be set at this level with all non-government employers having to meet this market rate as a minimum.
Mr Burke said the salary outcome for Queensland Catholic classroom teachers achieved members’ goal of addressing the decade long wage disparity faced by these employees compared to their interstate colleagues.
“After 15 months of ongoing collective action by members, employees have been able to achieve nationally comparable classroom teacher wage rates as well as other significant outcomes which recognise, respect and reward the contribution of employees to quality education in Queensland Catholic schools.
“This new salary for classroom teachers at the top incremental, automatic step is also a very positive outcome when it comes to ensuring we attract and retain talented employees to the sector and the profession generally,” Mr Burke said.