$102k for NT Lutheran teachers
Classroom teachers in Northern Territory Lutheran schools have set a new wage benchmark for teachers in non-government schools across the country.
Classroom teacher salaries negotiated in a replacement collective agreement are now in excess of $102,000, backdated to 1 January 2018.
Over the period of the agreement, Northern Territory Lutheran teachers will receive the same dollar quantum over the life of the agreement and same paid rates at the end of the agreement as Northern Territory government teachers.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said the salary outcome for Northern Territory Lutheran classroom teachers had achieved members’ goal of maintaining wage parity with government teachers and a premium compared to their interstate colleagues.
“The achievement of this salary for top automatic step classroom teachers in Northern Territory Lutheran schools has established a leading rate for Australian teachers.
“After more than six months of negotiations, employees have been able to achieve nationally leading classroom teacher wage rates as well as other significant outcomes, which recognise, respect and reward the contribution of employees to quality education in Northern Territory Lutheran schools.”
Other enhancements include a 2.5% annual wage annual increase for all employees, primary care-giver leave made available to both male and female staff and five days’ paid domestic violence leave.
Members have also secured greater certainty around teachers’ hours of work provisions.
“The employer must now replace an employee’s non-contact time where it is lost due to other scheduled school activity,” Mr Spriggs said.
“Teachers with mentoring responsibilities are to receive an additional period of non-contact to support their mentee.”
The school officer classification structure will also be subject to a review.
“We will be establishing a joint working party to resolve the issues highlighted by members, and to ensure a contemporary classification schedule for school officers.
“The revised schedule will be implemented no later than 1 January 2019.”
Has your employer committed to the new salary benchmark?
The strength of IEU members has ensured the $102,000 salary benchmark has been reached in many schools and sectors.
Members can contact their organiser on FREECALL 1800 177 937 to discuss how their Chapter can ensure their employer delivers on this significant collective bargaining outcome.