Staff would work weekends under Haileybury plan
Members have flagged concerns with Haileybury Rendall School’s bargaining claims, including a plan for staff to work additional hours on weekends.
Negotiations with Haileybury Rendall School (formerly Kormilda College) in Darwin commenced last month with members highlighting the protection of existing working conditions as a key priority.
However, at the second bargaining meeting held on 18 October employer representatives proposed reducing existing entitlements by ‘simplifying’ the current agreement, including:
- Requiring all staff to work ‘reasonable additional hours…including weekends’;
- Introducing a requirement for co-curricular ‘in the vicinity of 40 hours per year’;
- Excluding Heads of Departments from the agreement;
- Principal reserving the right to alter the co- curricular activity as required; and
- Abolishing Consultative Committee provisions and the establishment of a staff welfare committee with no specified representation from IEUA-QNT.
IEUA-QNT Organiser Jengis Osman said these employer positions were challenged by employee bargaining representatives in the meeting with particular concerns raised about what constitutes 'reasonable additional hours'.
“Members have identified that no diminution of conditions is a key issue in this round of bargaining,” Mr Osman said.
“The current employer position would see an increase in hours of duty, the dismantling of formal structures to facilitate consultation with employees and the removal of the protections provided by a collective agreement for Heads of Department.
“While the employer is attempting to rush through bargaining before the end of the year, members are continuing to pursue their key bargaining claims, which were tabled at the first bargaining meeting.”
Members’ key claims include:
- Protection of existing working conditions;
- Wages and salaries that maintain base parity in the Northern Territory education sector;
- Measures to address insecure work; and
- Work-life balance for staff, through clarified hours of duty and appropriate structures around co-curricular activities.
Further bargaining updates can be found on our website at www.qieu.asn.au/collectivebargaining