Collective action results in $101k salaries in the Christian sector
The collective action of IEUA-QNT members at Bundaberg and Glasshouse Christian Colleges has resulted in teaching staff at those schools now having access to the same salaries as their counterparts in Catholic and state school systems.
Members at these schools are leading the way in the Christian sector in Queensland when it comes to ensuring teachers have contemporary wages reflecting the professional nature of their role as educators.
Central Queensland Branch Organiser Richard Pascoe said the wage outcome at Bundaberg Christian College was the result of the continued collective strength of the IEUA-QNT Chapter at the school.
“Members at Bundaberg Christian College ensured provisions to access automatic steps in the teacher classification schedule were included in their collective agreement five years ago.
“Now as a result and following the outcomes in the Catholic sector, member action at the school has seen the employer agree to a variation to the current collective agreement to provide for the wage increase,” Mr Pascoe said.
At Glasshouse Christian College on the Sunshine Coast, staff will see the wage increase come into effect soon following approval by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after a recent successful ballot of members.
These rates of pay were only achieved through a member campaign to impress upon their employer the importance of their collective agreement wage rates reflecting their professionalism and contribution to the success of the college.
Alongside the enhanced wages bringing staff at Glasshouse Christian College closer to parity with other schools, the new collective agreement will also provide school employees with:
- improved parental leave arrangements, and
- clarified Hours of Duty, including arrangements for reclaiming lost preparation and correction time and consideration of assessment and reporting workloads.
Sunshine Coast Branch Organiser Nick Holliday commended the work and collective strength of the college's IEUA-QNT Chapter in achieving such outcomes.
“Members at the college, through their collective strength, have ensured their working conditions remain in line with the majority of the sector when it comes to recognising and rewarding teachers and other school staff for their commitment to their students and to quality education,” Mr Holliday said.