Members lay clear path to resolve Anglican school negotiations
Anglican school members’ campaign for better balance has made further progress and positive developments at recent collective bargaining meetings — but significant issues remain to be addressed by employers.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said members were to be commended for their efforts to address wage and workload issues.
“But, while progress has been made, there is more to do.
“The employers must act on members’ concerns and resolve the final remaining wage issues.
“Our union has provided the employers with a clear path forward to finalise these negotiations.
“Members’ active participation in this process will be essential to achieving real solutions to the remaining items,” Mr Hayes said.
Earlier wage increase for school officers and services staff
State-wide Chapter meetings called on the employers to abandon their proposal to delay wage increases for 18 months to 1 July 2018.
In response to Anglican school members’ Better Balance campaign, the employers have agreed to recalculate wage increases for school officers and services staff and provide a 1.5% increase from 1 January 2018 and a further 1% increase from 1 July 2018.
However; the issue remains contentious for teaching staff.
Teacher and PAR wage increases require further review.
Mr Hayes said while members will welcome elements of the revised employer wage offer, the following issues remain of concern:
1. Wage increase dates: the earlier wage increase date now applicable for school officers and services staff needs to also be confirmed for teachers.
2. Teacher salary comparisons with other sectors: members have been successful in achieving a guarantee that no existing Anglican sector teachers as at 1 July 2018 will be paid less than their equivalent Catholic school teacher. However; the employers have yet to commit to a similar guarantee for ‘new’ teachers who will be employed under a revised pay scale for new teachers in Catholic schools after 1 July 2018.
3. PAR allowance ‘freeze’: in light of overwhelming member opposition, the employers have amended their proposal to ‘freeze’ PAR allowances for 3.5 years. The employers now propose to exclude PAR allowances from just the 2018 increase due to the introduction of the new $101,000 top teacher rate at that time.
Member campaign successfully addresses workload priorities
The last collective bargaining meeting reached in-principle agreement on these important employee proposals:
- Greater protection of teacher preparation and correction time.
- Limits on the number of after school events in the same week.
- Directed online professional development to occur in paid time for all
- Measures to address email workload.
- Recognition of the work demands imposed on staff by new technology or employer initiatives.
“Members have been seeking these changes for many years to help them deal with growing workload pressures.
“These additional supports will be keenly welcomed in Anglican schools,” Mr Hayes said.
Make a Mate a Member Day
On 7 March Anglican school members participated in Make a Mate a Member Day and personally invited workmates to be a part of our union and join us in our fight for a better balance in Anglican schools.
“Union membership and active Chapters are the only way to win a strong voice at work and solve wage and workload concerns,” Mr Hayes said.
For the latest updates on the Better Balance: It’s about time! campaign visit www.betterbalance.org.au