Salary for Queensland Catholic sector classroom teachers set to reach $100k+
Outcomes from the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) New Approaches process would see the top automatic step for teachers in Queensland Catholic schools exceed $100,000 for teachers who have spent two years at the Experienced 5 classification.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the significant increase for classroom teachers’ wages would not only help achieve nationally comparable rates for these employees but would set a base for the wages of middle leaders and senior leaders and those of specialist positions in schools.
“This means that the $100k+ classroom teacher's salary, rather than the current $86k salary plus allowances, would set the base rate for further consideration of the relativities and wages of Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders as well as development of Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher (LT) classifications.
“The achievement of nationally comparable classroom teacher wage rates, consistent with the member endorsed claim, is the result of permanent dollar adjustments combined with percentage increases, and the introduction of ET5 and ET6 as new automatic, incremental steps.
“With the barriers to accessing ET5 and ET6 removed, all classroom teachers will have access to a classification level which more adequately recognises and rewards their professional commitment and the quality education they provide in their schools.
Mr Burke said other key in principle outcomes included:
• Establishment of timely a review and negotiation process supervised by the FWC to address relativity issues for Middle and Senior Leadership arising from the classroom teacher outcome, and the negotiation and implementation of Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher (LT) classifications.
• A range of wage-related provisions negotiated for school officers and services staff to complement the wage rises.
• Provisions to address and reallocate preparation, planning and correction time (PPCT) lost to planed school activities.
• Access to additional hours for term time school officer employees.
“After a more than a year of negotiations and months of concerted collective action by members across the state, the outcomes of the FWC process have result in a range of significant enhancements to the working conditions of members in the Queensland Catholic sector.
Mr Burke said the classification review was scheduled to commence in July 2016 and conclude by 5 September 2017, with implementation of negotiated outcomes to apply from 1 July 2018.
Facilitated by the FWC, the New Approaches process has involved a series of discussions involving our union and the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC), with the role of the FWC to assist the parties in arriving at an agreed outcome.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the wage outcome meant that for the first time in Australia, IEUA-QNT members had been able to move wages beyond those based on the local State public sector.
“This is an extraordinary achievement and an achievement which is now part of members’ legacy to future educators,” Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke said the significant and continued protected action members had undertaken in schools throughout the 14 month campaign could not be underestimated in its importance in bringing the employing authorities to the table for these discussions on key employee issues.
“Protected action is not an end in itself and in this round of negotiations it has achieved the outcome we sought with employers finally committing to a meaningful process of negotiations in this instance facilitated by the FWC,” he said.
Mr Burke said further discussions will be convened by the FWC in early July to finalise the text of the matters agreed in principle before a proposed replacement agreement goes to ballot.
For the latest updates regarding the outcomes of the FWC discussions and the campaign, visit www.3rs.org.au