Staff overwhelmingly endorse enhanced QLD Catholic classifications and salaries
Staff in Queensland Catholic schools have overwhelmingly endorsed enhanced teacher classifications and salaries in a ballot which closed on Tuesday.
Of those who voted in the ballot, 97% in Diocesan schools and 94% in Religious Institute schools voted in favour of the new structure.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the review was a once in a generation opportunity to modernise the career progression of teachers and provide salaries comparable to interstate teachers.
“Members can be justifiably proud of the legacy they have built: one where the contribution of classroom teachers is properly recognised and remunerated,” Mr Burke said.
“These are benchmark rates that will provide immense benefit, not just to current teachers, but to those who will enter the profession in the future.”
Key improvements to classifications include:
- establishment of a new near $101,000 benchmark rate for top level teachers;
- ending the historical ‘wage discount’ suffered by Queensland teachers by
- providing rates comparable to our interstate colleagues;
- quicker progression through the teacher pay scales, with the classification structure reduced from 11 steps to 9 steps;
- graduate teachers to commence on higher starting rates; and
- the introduction of Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher.
Mr Burke said the significant achievements of the review came as a result of the collective strength of members.
“Our IEU Chapters in Queensland Catholic schools are strong.
“It is because of our united membership that we have been able to build the professional recognition of teachers and support staff in our schools.”
Mr Burke said our union will need to consolidate this strength as the next round of Catholic sector collective bargaining approaches.
“The outcomes of this classification review are more than evident of the benefits of union membership.
“I would encourage all members to talk to their non-member colleagues about the significance of the review, and the benefits of membership more broadly, to ensure our collective voice remains strong – particularly as we approach a renewed round of bargaining in the sector next year.”
The review of teacher classifications occurred as a key outcome of the last round of collective bargaining.
The changes endorsed at ballot are a variation to the collective agreement, which remains in place until the end of 2019.
Members are also pursuing contemporary wage rates for middle leaders in a separate review to conclude in August. Read more about the review of middle leaders here.