Queensland Lutheran school employees would be lowest paid in the country under employer wage offer
Queensland Lutheran school employers have responded to members’ claim for comparable wages with their colleagues in South Australian Lutheran schools by making an inadequate wage offer of 2.2% per annum.
At the second formal meeting of the Queensland Lutheran schools Single Bargaining Unit (SBU), employee representatives tabled a claim to address wage disparity and provided a detailed funding analysis which demonstrated the total per capita income available to Queensland Lutheran schools from government funding and parent fees was similar to the funding received by South Australian Lutheran schools.
The employer representatives accepted the analysis but sought to downplay the significance of their funding. Instead they pointed to Queensland comparators rather than addressing the increasing disparity in wages that has emerged between Lutheran schools in South Australia and Queensland.
Employee representatives were concerned and disappointed that the position of Queensland Lutheran school principals is to benchmark their wage offer to employees against the Queensland Catholic employer wage schedule and Queensland State school wages.
The effect of the employer position is to maintain a position where staff in Queensland Lutheran schools are the lowest paid in Australian Lutheran schools – lower than South Australia, lower than the Northern Territory and lower than Western Australia.
In 2015 a graduate in Queensland would earn $63,359 compared to a South Australian graduate on $67,928. Equally, a teacher on the top automatic step in Queensland would earn $90,670 compared to their equivalent in South Australia who would receive a salary of $94,047.
Members for their part have made it clear that they are not content to be the lowest paid in Australian Lutheran schools. Chapters are considering motions to reject the employer’s wage position ahead of the next SBU meeting.
Read more about bargaining in the Lutheran sector, here.