C&K must adopt a reasonable position
The onus is on C&K to provide an adequate position when bargaining occurs on Friday, 24 February 2017.
IEUA-QNT members have, at meetings across Queensland, endorsed the necessity to: address non-contact time for directors; protect the availability of superannuation co-contributions; and consider protected industrial action in the absence of an adequate response on the part of C&K.
C&K must address Directors’ time and Superannuation co-contributions on 24 February
The next enterprise bargaining meeting is scheduled to be held on Friday, 24 February 2017. At this meeting C&K must make a concrete offer which recognises the time spent by Directors in the performance of their directed duties. An offer merely to explore strategies around administrative requirements will be inadequate.
Superannuation co-contributions are an almost universal benefit in all educational sectors in Queensland. Kindergartens form part of education. The latter day position of C&K to make comparisons with different industrial sectors dishonours the role and value of the educational work performed in kindergartens.
Members’ views must be respected by C&K
The current bargaining involves two issues of great significance to kindergarten employees. As a result, that bargaining must be thorough to achieve a mutually acceptable outcome.
Our union, as has been demonstrated with the recent series of member meetings across the state, will represent the interests of employees. C&K must recognise and address the issues which have been argued by employee representatives as part of this process.
Information provided by C&K
C&K has provided information to our union in relation to its abortive development of the “Ithaca Campus”.
Our union has now had the opportunity to check that information and accepts that C&K (in conjunction with another party) purchased that site at the then market value.
However, any debate about this matter should not overshadow the fact that C&K has massive cash reserves (in excess of $40M) and should be in a position to provide appropriate terms and conditions to its kindergarten employees.
Members will be provided a further update following the bargaining meeting this Friday.