Anglican school members encourage their mates to join
In their ongoing collective bargaining campaign for a better balance for Anglican school staff, members have looked to make their voice stronger by urging their mates to join our union.
Make a Mate a Member Day was held on 7 March 2018, during which members talked to their non-member colleagues about the importance of being an IEUA-QNT member, particularly in achieving a positive outcome in the current negotiations.
Members also shared their experiences of the broad support, advocacy and opportunities to create positive change that IEUA-QNT membership provides across the many workplace issues teachers and school support staff face.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said it was important for members to consolidate their collective voice as the negotiations reached a critical point.
“It is great to see members building a strong union voice in the Anglican sector by encouraging their mates to join,” Mr Hayes said.
“We have been negotiating with the employer for 10 months and due to the collective voice of members, a lot of progress has been made.”
Mr Hayes said there were now just three critical issues outstanding before the negotiations could reach agreement.
“The first critical issue is a wage increase paid from 1 January 2018 for all staff, as it has now been 450 days since employees’ last wage increase.”
Mr Hayes said the remaining two issues were a guarantee that teachers would be paid salaries equivalent to those of other teachers in our sector and measures to address workload and hours of duty concerns.
“The time has come for the employers to act on the wages and workload solutions identified by their staff,” Mr Hayes said.
“While a fair wages outcome is critical to resolve in the new agreement, employees also need measures to address workload pressures.”
“Employees have repeatedly made it clear that the workload pressures they face are unsustainable.
"Preparation and correction time for teachers, online professional development sessions, email workload and the demands on staff to attend after school activities are just some of the areas where members would like to see improvements made.”
“It’s time for employers to show some leadership on these outstanding issues and work with our union to resolve these negotiations.”
Visit www.betterbalance.org.au for further updates on the campaign.