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IEU Council met on Saturday 19 March 2022 to hear a report about the progress for new enterprise agreements for principals, teachers and support staff employed in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT. IEU Council voted to support protected action.
In late 2021 the IEU sent Catholic dioceses in NSW and the ACT a detailed claim on behalf of teachers and support staff that had been endorsed by members.
The main enterprise agreement (EA) that applies to employees in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT expired on 31 December 2021. Our claim for the new enterprise agreement, as endorsed by members last year, is within...
The enterprise agreements (EAs) that apply to employees in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT will expire on 31 December 2021. Catholic dioceses have not yet taken any steps to commence negotiations for new enterprise agreements for principals, teachers and support staff, notwithstanding that the NSW Teachers Federation is already meeting with the NSW Department of Education. At the recent IEU Council AGM, delegates endorsed the broad outline of a claim for the new agreements, as set out within.
The NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 (the EA) provides pay rises of 2.5% from January 2020 and a further pay rise of 2.28% from January 2021 for support staff (referred to as General Employees in the EA). This is the same as the pay increases for teachers in NSW. Although the first increase of 2.5% has already been paid, the union would expect that the second increase of 2.28% would only be paid if the EA is voted up by employees and then approved by the Fair Work Commission.
After a prolonged campaign, union negotiations have finally concluded on the NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 (the main EA). Following the conclusion of those negotiations, agreement has also been reached on the NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Principals Enterprise Agreement 2020 (the Principals EA). Employees in all dioceses have been asked to vote on the main EA in the period from Monday 9 November – Friday 13 November and principals in all dioceses except Sydney will vote on the Principals EA at the same time (Sydney principals will be voting a little later). The IEU is urging a YES vote.
After a prolonged campaign, union negotiations have finally concluded on the NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 (the EA). Employees in all dioceses have been asked to vote on the new EA in the period from Monday 9 November – Friday 13 November. The IEU is urging a YES vote.
The union is close to finalising new enterprise agreements (EAs) to apply to employees in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT. The union has been in extensive negotiations with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations and we now expect to be able to endorse a new NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 for voting by employees in late October or early November.
The union has struck a hurdle in negotiations with the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle concerning the Work Practice Agreements (WPAs) that sit alongside the EA as the Diocese has sought to reduce existing conditions. At this stage the Diocese has not withdrawn any of the proposed reductions in conditions set out in this update.
A pay rise was due for teachers, support staff and principals in NSW Catholic schools in January 2020. A pay increase is necessary to re-establish pay parity with the existing wages paid in NSW government schools. Additional pay increases will also occur in 2021 under awards applying to employees in NSW government schools.
A pay rise was due for teachers in NSW and for support staff and principals in both NSW and the ACT in January 2020. For teachers in the ACT a pay rise will be due from July 2020. Additional pay increases will also occur in 2021 under the enterprise agreement applying to teachers in ACT government schools and under awards applying to employees in NSW government schools.
CCER advised on 24 February that dioceses have agreed to the following: • Expedited transition to the standards pay scale for pre 2014 teachers • Recognition of prior teaching service in early childhood education for salary progression (not retrospective) • Recognition of one year of unpaid parental leave for incremental progression (in line with the Department of Education) • Five days paid emergency disaster leave per annum.
IEU representatives met with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER), representing the Dioceses, twice in November to discuss our claim. Unfortunately, the Union does not envisage that a settlement is possible before the end of term.
The NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2017 expires on 31 December this year. The IEU is asking members to meet and endorse this claim for improved conditions in the new enterprise agreement (EA) and also endorse the proposed measures to address work intensification, a major issue impacting on the work health and safety of members.