Ready to bargain in 2019
Members in Queensland Catholic schools have endorsed their log of claims in readiness for collective bargaining next year.
Addressing insecure work and ensuring careers you can count on for school officers have emerged as key issues.
An unprecedented level of member feedback was compiled from the Catholic school area meetings, Chapter consultation discussions and online member surveys conducted in Term 3, 2018.
Member endorsement of the log of claims has confirmed a number of priority issues, including:
- Measures to address insecure work including: criteria to ensure only genuine fixed-term appointments are made; an audit to investigate fixed-term contracts and conversion to continuing positions; certainty of hours for part-time employees.
- Careers that you can count on for school officers through: guaranteed entitlement to quality professional development; career recognition and remuneration; recognition of professional duties and responsibilities; locality allowance extended to all staff; and annualisation of salary.
- Striking a better work-life balance for staff through improvements to provisions relating to: Planning, Preparation and Correction Time (PPCT); before and after school activities; continuous hours of work; support in dealing with new programs and initiatives; transition to retirement support; contemporary hours of duty; professional school officer support regarding student supervision; and cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members.
- Positions of Senior Leadership and Middle Leadership issues including: remuneration levels and career recognition; formalisation of positions; protection of release time; and confirmation of substantiative salaries for all Senior Leaders.
- Fair pay for all school staff including: annual wage increases; modernised superannuation arrangements; equitable remote area incentives; Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT) and Lead Teacher structures; and guidance counsellor salaries (other than BCE).
- Reclaiming, protecting and promoting our teaching profession through: genuine consultation with education practitioners; community respect for our profession; and learning support practices.
- Clarity of agreement and technical updates including modernisation of parental leave arrangements and improved technical clarity in other matters.
Log of claims provided to employers
The endorsed log of claims was recently provided to all Catholic employing authorities with an invitation to meet with our union to discuss the document.
Many employers agreed to meet with our union’s Branch Secretary Terry Burke or Assistant Secretaries before the end of term.
Mr Burke said the decision to provide the full log of claims more than five months earlier than it was provided in the previous round of bargaining was an attempt to avoid the employer-driven delays which characterised prior negotiations.
“Providing the log of claims early allows time for employers to give deep consideration to the issues of importance to employees,” Mr Burke said.
“It is also hoped that by clearly outlining employees’ claims ahead of the negotiations, the frustrations that occurred in the last round of bargaining, particularly due to the absence of decision-makers at the bargaining table, can be avoided.”
Click here to view a list of completed and upcoming employer meetings.
Read latest bargaining updates on the Catholic Colb9 campaign page.