New agreement secures continued wage parity for C&K members
Creche & Kindergarten (C&K) members have overwhelmingly endorsed a new collective agreement after an employee ballot saw 95.28 per cent employee approval.
The collective agreement will see employees receive a two per cent wage increase backdated to 1 July 2019, with a guaranteed two and a half per cent wage increase on 1 July 2020.
The teacher wage rates in the new agreement will be then largely consistent with teacher wage rates in other sectors, maintaining hard fought wage parity for Queensland early childhood education teachers.
IEUA-QNT Senior Industrial Officer John Spriggs said securing wage increases and parity was a priority for members.
“The overwhelming endorsement of this agreement by members in C&K sites reflects the importance of recognising kindergarten teachers and staff through professional rates of pay,” John said.
“The new agreement will also include the insertion of the Right To Request Casual Conversion clause, which is a positive win for job security in the sector.
“This clause gives employees the right to request that their employment be converted to part-time or full-time employment after 12 months of consistent casual employment and can only be rejected by an employer on reasonable grounds.”
The C&K Early Childhood Education Enterprise Agreement 2019 is a 12-month roll-over agreement, a concept that was endorsed by members during a survey conducted at the beginning of the bargaining period.
The roll-over agreement allowed for a shorter bargaining period and provided greater certainty regarding the wage increases for 2019 and 2020.
With a majority approval vote, the agreement has now been lodged for approval with the Fair Work Commission.
Other issues of concern identified by members will now be on the agenda for the next round of collective bargaining, which will occur in late 2020 or early 2021.