QLD Lutheran members secure enhanced wages and PPCT provisions
Experienced teachers’ salaries will receive a significant boost under a new collective agreement endorsed at ballot by Queensland Lutheran school employees.
After nine months of negotiations, Lutheran sector teachers and school officers will receive wage increases of 2.7 per cent from 1 July 2017 and 2.7 per cent from 1 July 2018 as well as set dollar increases should the agreement be approved by employees.
In a ballot of Queensland Lutheran employees which closed on Monday, 31 October 2016, 94% endorsed the new collective agreement.
IEUA-QNT Industrial Services Coordinator Chris Seymour said a newly bargained automatic step, Leading Teacher 1 Step 2, will receive a salary of $100,936 from 1 July 2018—the same as the top automatic step in the Queensland Catholic sector and a significant step towards interstate parity with Lutheran teachers in South Australia.
Teachers must complete 12 months of service at Leading Teacher 1 Step 1 to access the new Leading Teacher 1 Step 2 when it comes into effect in 2018.
“This salary outcome for Queensland Lutheran teachers achieves members’ goals of addressing the wage disparity faced by these employees compared to their interstate Lutheran and Queensland Catholic sector colleagues,” Mr Seymour said.
“This new top incremental, automatic step will also help to ensure we attract and retain quality employees to the Lutheran sector and the profession generally.
New provisions in the agreement would also allow teachers the capacity to apply for an additional classroom-based allowance for mentoring and curriculum initiatives though the Leading Teacher 2 classification.
“There will be additional benefits for all Positions of Added Responsibility (PARs) especially those appointed to the lower Curriculum Leader (CL) and Pastoral Leader (PL) positions.
An initiative to help members protect their Preparation and Correction Time (PPCT) has also been negotiated.
“Where a teacher undertakes other duties as a result of unplanned timetable changes or scheduled events during PPCT (and that teacher’s minimum entitlement of PPCT is not provided over the course of one term), timely consultation will occur at the school level to ensure the provision of the minimum entitlement is made available to the teacher.
“In terms of assessment and reporting, a schedule will also be developed at the school level to allow adequate time for marking and scheduled report writing, recognising the needs of the school while also being mindful that the expectations will be consistent with hours of duty identified in the Working Arrangements for Teachers schedule of the Agreement,” he said.
Click here for more on the new provisions contained in the Queensland Lutheran Schools Collective Agreement