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Home > News > 2018 > February > Groundsman reclassification results in pay increase

Groundsman reclassification results in pay increase

Groundstaff.pngA Catholic school services staff member recently received an increase to their annual salary of almost $1,500 after applying for reclassification with assistance from our union.   

The central Queensland Catholic primary school member sought advice from his union organiser before seeking reclassification after identifying that the responsibilities of the role had changed. 

Having contacted his union organiser, he was advised that the first step in applying for re-classification was ensuring the role's position description was up-to-date.

Our union helped prepare a letter for the principal requesting that the position description be updated to reflect the increased complexity of the role.

Once this was achieved, our union advised the member that formally writing to their employer was the vital next step on the path towards reclassification.

Following this, the employer accepted the member’s application for reclassification from Level 2 Step 1 to Level 3 Step 1 — an annual pay rise of almost $1,500 to recognise the increased complexity of the role.

IEUA-QNT organiser Richard Pascoe said this case was a timely reminder that all services staff members can review their current position description to ensure that it is accurate.  

“Members can also compare their position description against the classification matrix in their collective agreement to ensure the employer has accurately classified the position.

“As a member of our union, service staff members can seek assistance and guidance regarding the classification of the role they hold to ensure they are being paid appropriately,” Mr Pascoe said.  

School officer and service staff positions are classified under a competency-based structure and tiered system. 

This means that the classification is of the position, not of the person who holds it – recognising the level of knowledge, skills, qualifications and responsibilities required in the role.

School officers and services staff have the right to a current and appropriate position description that recognises the changing nature of work. 

An out-of-date or incomplete position description leads to a lack of recognition within the classification matrix. When a role is incorrectly classified, the staff member who holds the role is not properly recognised for their valuable contribution to the education of students.

Members seeking advice about reclassification should contact their IEUA-QNT organiser for support. 

Contact our union on FREECALL 1800 177 938 or via email to enquiries@qieu.asn.au

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.