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Home > News > 2020 > August > Careers you can count on needed for school officers as classification review commences in Queensland Catholic sector

Careers you can count on needed for school officers as classification review commences in Queensland Catholic sector

male_school_officer_web.pngA review of outdated school officer classifications and pay structures has commenced in Queensland Catholic schools, following the implementation of new enterprise agreements.

After 25 years without change, IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes  said it was time for conditions and pay that reflect the complex and diverse roles of school officers in 2020.

”Our union and school officers are prepared for the review, and employers must also embrace this challenge and apply their energy and focus as their highest priority,” Brad said.

“School officers play a critical role in the delivery of quality education to our students, so this is our chance to modernise outdated and insufficient classifications.

“Unfortunately, the employer representatives have said they are ‘busy’ with several other matters until September, and they have flagged a potential classification model for consideration, although we believe it’s problematic.

“At the first meeting earlier this week, our union tabled a set of principles which will underpin the review, to clarify the role and purpose of the revision.

“We will be assessing he strengths and weaknesses of the current model and explore alternative models and their respective pros and cons too,” he said.

Our union has proposed regular meetings with employers to progress the review and said there is a need for a clear workplan schedule to identify achievement dates and checkpoints.

School officer member action vital

Like all negotiations, success will be directly related to the collective strength, engagement and action of our members.

We encourage school officer members to help strengthen our union and get involved by:

  1. Taking on a union rep role in your school, to ensure strong voices are represented in all Chapters.

  2. Talking union with your school officer colleagues, sharing your own membership experience and why the review is so important.

  3. Playing an active role in any Chapter meetings or discussions in your school.

School officer members can have their say via our state-wide consultations and online feedback sessions which will inform the review.

For the latest news on the review, visit www.qieu.asn.au/careersyoucancounton

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.