Member action protects school support staff annualisation
Member action has seen pay annnualisation for school officers and services staff protected at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School (IGGS).
Initially the employer had attempted to restrict access to annualisation, which enables term-time and part-time staff to receive their pay over 52 weeks, only to those who were already accessing the scheme.
Strong action by the IEU Chapter at the school ensured the employer dropped this plan and reinstated the right for all eligible employees to annualise their pay for the remainder of 2018 and in future years.
Unlike their state school counterparts, term-time staff in non-government schools generally cannot work regular additional hours to allow for payment during term breaks.
Annualisation allows school support staff to:
- Spread their annual salary in even fortnightly increments over the full calendar year; and
- Be correctly taxed on their annual salary.
Annualisation is expressed as an ‘agreement’ between the employee and the employer – and was won by members at IGGS in their 2008 collective agreement.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Paul Giles said the employer’s back down was the direct result of member action.
“This is a significant victory for IEU members and for the school’s support staff whose working conditions have been protected,” Mr Giles said.
Mr Giles said the state of current industrial rules meant that direct action by strong union members was often the only barrier to employers attacking working conditions.
“Union members are currently facing a tough battle to defend existing working conditions as current industrial laws place an unfair share of power with employers.
“Too often we see employers adopting a ‘take it or leave it’ approach to attacks on working conditions.
“The Chapter at IGGS is to be commended for taking swift and united action to achieve a positive outcome in this matter.”
Read more about why we need to change our industrial rules at www.changetherules.org.au