New QLD Catholic agreements deliver overdue recognition of leadership roles
IEUA-QNT members in the Queensland Catholic sector are to be commended for their dedication to pursuing the long-overdue provisions needed to better recognise senior and middle leadership positions.
The new agreements contain updated leadership pay schedules and associated transitional arrangements.
Middle leaders move to substantive salaries and can access top teacher pay points
Middle leaders will benefit from the introduction of substantive salaries for most positions and an additional pay increase to pay for P7 and P8 teachers who also hold leadership positions.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said the agreement would provide for a mix of middle leader allowances and substantive salaries.
“While the vast majority of our members will move to substantive salaries, allowances will continue to be paid to middle leaders designated as Tier 1 – regardless of their teacher classification – and to teachers who are classified as P1 to P4 who hold a middle leadership position,” said Brad.
“The new agreement will also recognise the true classification of teachers at P7 and P8 who are middle leaders whereas the current agreement caps middle leaders at the P6 remuneration rate.
“This enhancement will now apply to both leadership allowances and substantive salaries.
“The first middle leader classification increase – valued between $6829 and $7175 – applies from 1 July 2019 and will be back paid to all relevant middle leaders.
Enhanced salary structures for senior leaders
Brad said the employers also agreed to our union’s claim to amend a number of pay points for Assistant Principals and Deputy Principals which will enhance senior leader salary structure.
The current Level 1 classification for both positions will be deleted which will streamline the progression through the levels and mean senior leaders will now start on a new Level 1 rate up to $5829 higher than the previous entry point.
The new Assistant Principal structure will have an added Level 4 classification that will be $6165 more than the previous top step.
Brad said the agreement also contains a bigger percentage increase from 1 July 2021 for all senior leaders.
“In response to member claims for better recognition of the role and contribution of senior leaders, all senior leaders will get a 4.5% increase inclusive of the standard 2.5% increase all other staff receive on the same date,” Brad said.
“Additionally, members have won an extension of substantive senior leadership salaries to more senior leaders with a lowering of the criteria from 320 students to 200 or more students enrolled in primary schools.”
Employers response to other leadership claims
Brad said that while many significant wins had been achieved in this round of collective bargaining, the employers did reject a number of employee claims.
“Members in middle and senior leadership positions identified a range of issues that remain unaddressed by the employers,” Brad said.
“These include an earlier introduction of the enhanced middle and senior leader rates, provisions to protect leadership release time and the formalisation of all primary school leadership positions within the collective agreement.”
“While our recent member winds have secured some important gains, our collective efforts must continue to ensure the appropriate recognition of members in leadership positions,” Brad said.
For more on the wins achieved by members in the latest Queensland Catholic sector collective agreements, go to www.qieu.asn.au/qldcatholic