School seeks directed weekend work from staff
A Northern Territory school employer has refused to back down from their shameful position of mandating staff involvement in extra-curricular activities on weekends.
IEUA-QNT Organiser Jengis Osman said Haileybury Rendall’s position in current bargaining negotiations was for the school to have the ability to direct staff to work weekends and during evenings when it came to extra-curricular activities for students.
Jengis said members at the school were concerned about the potential implications for their work/life balance under Haileybury Rendall’s plan.
“Our union has proposed the employer should not be able to direct staff to work over a weekend and that any extra-curricular activity that occurs over a weekend should be completely voluntary and paid,” Jengis said.
“The employer has so far rejected this.
“When it comes to payments, the employer’s current position is that extra-curricular is paid at the rate of $100 per instance if the activity occurs after 6pm or over a weekend.
“An employee proposal which would have ensured that where the duration of any activity exceeds 3 hours, the staff member would be paid an allowance equal to their ordinary hourly rate for each hour in excess of three has also been rejected by the employer.
“Members at the school remain greatly concerned by the employer’s plan and are continuing to fight for the rights of employees to ensure that extra-curricular activities undertaken by staff should be voluntary and appropriately remunerated."
Wage increase negotiations also delayed by employer
Although the employer has agreed to our union’s claimed increase of 2.5% in each of 2019, 2020 and 2021, they have refused to match the NT public sector education wage increases for 2022 and 2023.
Rather, they have proposed an increase of only 1% or a greater amount “determined by the board” in each of those years.
Jengis said this decision means employees may not have the same quantum of pay increases and could potentially fall behind the public sectors wages.
“The employer has also decided that pay increases will only be applicable from the date of a successful ballot, resulting in no back pay,” he said.
“This is despite the negotiations being unnecessarily delayed by the employer’s failed attempt earlier this year to terminate the existing Kormilda College collective agreement which covers employees.
Negotiations are due to recommence on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 and IEU members at the school are encouraged to submit their feedback in relation to the extra-curricular activity proposal by this Friday, 4 September 2020 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org