Mission Australia offer to employees a mixed bag
The first bargaining meeting was held for Mission Australia Early Learning employees. Whilst the employer offered six weeks paid maternity leave, the reminder of their list was little (if at all) better than the bare legal minimum.
The first bargaining meeting occurred in Newcastle on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. The location (determined by Mission Australia) was less than convenient, and the teleconferencing provided for those who could not attend was suboptimal.
The IEUA-QNT physically attended the meeting to represent the interests of members and employees generally.
Lists of claims exchanged - Unsatisfactory offer regarding Queensland wage rates
For employees in Queensland, the IEUA-QNT asked for wages (for both teachers and assistants) which match those paid in C&K Kindergartens. We also sought the protection (as non-working periods) of vacation times. The provisions unique to Queensland should be contained in a separate schedule which is State specific.
The employer appears to have recognised the uniqueness of their Queensland kindergartens by accepting that there be a separate appendix to the agreement relating to Queensland. However, no indication was provided that the employer would proposed an appropriate level of conditions in the
Queensland specific component of the agreement.
Concerningly, the employer proposed that the substantive wage rate for teachers in Queensland kindergartens would be the ‘award’ plus 4 or 5 percent. They did, however, orally indicate that teachers currently paid in excess of the proposed wage rate would have their excess rate maintained.
The IEUA-QNT has sought written confirmation of this position.
Detailed clauses will be developed for the next bargaining meeting
The next bargaining meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 16 May 2018, again in Newcastle.
In preparation for this meeting the IEUA-QNT will be developing detailed clauses to protect the interests of kindergarten staff employed in Queensland. Feedback will be sought from members, and employees generally, prior to those clauses being tabled on 16 May.
Member with questions about this bargaining should contact our Union.