$10,000 salary increase for member who sought assistance from our union
A Catholic school member has recently had their classification level increased from Graduate 2 to Proficient 3 following a union-assisted application to recognise prior experience – leading to a more than $10,000 salary increase.
The member first made contact with their IEUA-QNT Organiser to prepare an application to have their non-teaching experience recognised by their employer.
The member was a graduate teacher who had former qualifications and experience in engineering and digital technologies.
The initial application was rejected by their employer as they could not see how the engineering work was relevant to the subjects taught by our member. This was despite a relevant provision for recognition of prior experience existing in the collective agreement.
At this point our member was referred to our union’s Industrial Services Team.
Initially an Industrial Services Officer assisted the member in writing a further letter to their employer outlining why the non-teaching experience was relevant to the role and asking them to reconsider.
The employer was led to reconsider and agreed that our member’s non-teaching experience was relevant to their teaching role. On that basis they offered to recognise the equivalent of approximately 1.3 years of their previous experience.
However, our member had additional relevant experience that had ceased in the five years prior to their appointment as a teacher which should have been recognised under the provisions of their school’s collective agreement and was not recognised by their employer at this stage.
Upon this discovery, our union wrote to the employer on our member’s behalf questioning why this significant experience had not been recognised.
The employer insisted their interpretation of the clause was correct. Our union was determined to see our member’s experience acknowledged and highlighted our intentions to lodge a dispute with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) if the employer did not rectify this error.
This resulted in the employer consulting with Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and deciding to recognise the equivalent of 3.78 years of service.
This meant our member’s classification increased from Graduate 2 to Proficient 3 which was an effective increase in their annual salary of over $10,000. Our member was also back-paid to the date they made the original application.
Members can contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 937 for advice and assistance with applying to have non-teaching experience recognised.