Queensland Catholic school employers determined to go to ballot
After ten months of negotiations, Catholic employers have determined that they will now conduct a ballot for a new collective agreement.
The Fair Work Act 2009 enables employers to conduct agreement ballots regardless of whether parties have reached an in-principle agreement on all issues.
In response to member concerns and sustained IEU Chapter action, the employers confirmed revised positions in relation to these key issues:
- Protection of planning, preparation and correction time (PPCT): Employers have withdrawn their claim to include specific reference to ‘collaborative activities’ within PPCT.
- Introduction of new Experienced Proficient Teacher (EPT): The new classification will provide salary parity with the similar Education QLD position, while ensuring earlier career access in Catholic schools compared to the public sector.
- Confirmation of full back-pay: Our claim for the full back-pay of all wages for school officers and services staff from 1 May 2019 and teachers from 1 July 2019 has been confirmed.
Despite repeated and lengthy discussions at the bargaining meetings, several other employee claims remain unresolved including:
- The one-off payment: The employers have determined the amount will be $500 in their proposed agreement.
- School Counsellors: The employers have rejected any change to counselor salary structures.
The next stage in our campaign will involve comprehensive ballot advisories, Chapter discussions and member consultation in the coming weeks ahead of the employer’s ballot which is likely to be held in term two.
Our member campaign and collective action has secured agreed outcomes in excess of the original bargaining positions adopted by the employers.
Your action has made a real difference and members will now ultimately make the final call on the adequacy of the overall employer agreement that is released to staff for ballot.
Members will have access to all agreed and rejected items in the coming weeks to help make an informed decision.
For more information be sure to read the latest Chapter Briefing and keep an eye out for ballot advisories in the coming weeks.