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Home > News > 2017 > December > Member campaign makes positive progress for Shalom staff

Member campaign makes positive progress for Shalom staff

Topics : Member Action


Our union has engaged in discussions with the Uniting Church employer representatives regarding the closure of the secondary school and boarding facility. These discussions culminated in a formal dispute process in the Fair Work Commission on Thursday, 7 December.  

These most recent discussions have resulted in some real progress and confirmation of additional employee support measures. Our union welcomes these positive developments and commitments, and looks forward to further collaborative work with the employer for the benefit of members.

While further discussions are scheduled in order to finalise all proposals, matters under consideration include:

  • The extension of redundancy severance pay to include casual employees;
  • Employer assistance with certificate level training for school officers and services staff without qualifications in identified circumstances;
  • Opportunities for employees to access financial advice;
  • Greater flexibility by the employer in recognising periods of service that do not quite meet mandatory requirements (for example, employees who are just shy of 7 years’ service needed for pro-rata LSL);
  • Reclassification of certain school officer and boarding staff employees, which will result in back pay and enhanced severance calculations;
  • A 2.5% wage increase to be paid from 1 January 2018. This increase will then be incorporated into all employee severance calculations; and
  • A joint review of redundancy payment calculations to correct any inadvertent payment, classification or service errors.

Further information on these initiatives will be provided when confirmed.

We look forward to working with all parties to continue to support Shalom members throughout this difficult time

IEUA-QNT members are thanked for their continued support of Shalom Christian College staff and students. Our collective efforts have made a real difference.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.