Queensland Catholic members finally get to have their say on agreement
This time next week members in Queensland Catholic schools will be voting in the employers’ electronic ballot of their proposed agreement.
The ballot – conducted from Wednesday, 24 June to Sunday 28 June – will provide members with an opportunity to have their say on the employers’ proposed agreement following 12 months of negotiations.
While the agreement contains a number of enhancements to wages and conditions, many reasonable member proposals were also rejected by the employers.
Details of both agreed and unagreed items are contained in our various member advisories:
- Wages and Salaries
- Middle and Senior Leaders
- School Officers
- Services Staff
- Primary Learning Leaders
- Work Intensification
Members should review the proposed agreement (Full ballot advisory: Diocesan Catholic Schools | Religious Institute Catholic Schools) and make their decision as to whether their issues are adequately addressed in the employers’ proposed agreement.
Full Backpay and wage increases
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said our union’s claim for fair pay rates for all school staff would be a key consideration of members as they make their ballot decision.
“We have been successful in our claim for the full backpay of all 2019 wage increases as well as the significant middle and senior leader classification enhancements that will also be backdated to 2019,” he said.
“At a time when Education Queensland teachers are facing a ‘wage freeze’ with no increase at all this year, our wages claim has been successful in guaranteeing full wage increases for Catholic school staff in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022,” Brad said.
Teacher workload and work intensification
Brad said members would pay particularly keen attention to the issue of work intensification and the adequacy of the employer response to the workload crisis in our schools.
“While the agreement contains a number of workload related initiatives, members will apply a critical eye over the employer positions and whether they provide the intervention needed to make a real difference to their workload concerns,” he said.
Regardless of the ballot outcome, members are to be commended for their collective efforts in this round of bargaining – our action made a real difference and forced an employer agreement that is vastly improved compared to the original positions adopted by the employers at the commencement of bargaining,” Brad said.
To find out what the new agreement will mean for you, visit our Bargaining with One Voice campaign page at www.qieu.asn.au/onevoice