NSW Christian schools MEA – VOTE YES
After 18 months of negotiations, IEU has finally reached agreement with Christian Schools Australian and Christian Education Network on a new enterprise agreement to apply to general staff in NSW Christian schools.
The Union is recommending a YES vote - please do not hesitate to call your Union organiser if you have any questions.
- Increases came into effect from February 2017 for all employees of at least 2% (by administrative action) - if these increases weren't paid in your school, they must be back paid to February after the commencement of the enterprise agreement.
- July 2017 - additional 1 % pay rise for preschool/childcare services stream employees (reflecting the modern award increases) and increases to some allowances.
- February 2018 - increase of 2.3% for most employees, 3.5% increase for preschool and child care employees and between 2.3% and 3.3% pay increase for nurses.
- February 2019 - increase of 2.5% for most employees, 3.5% increase for preschool and child care employees and between 2.5% and 3.3% for nurses.
New classifications have been introduced for graduates, and nurses will be covered for the first time. The graduate classifications for positions for which a degree is required should make it easier for employees to achieve regular pay rises with increasing professional experience. A savings clause means that no one’s classifications can be reduced.
Hours of Work
The span of hours for some employees has been reduced to ensure the enterprise agreement complies with the legal requirement for approval by the Fair Work Commission.
Time in Lieu and Overtime
If an employee works additional hours, the employee may agree in writing to take time in lieu rather than be paid overtime; but if the time has not been taken within six months, the overtime must be paid. NB that an employee cannot be forced to take time in lieu instead of overtime where the agreement gives an entitlement to payment.
These provisions have been reworded but the entitlement of employees has not been reduced.
For information from the Secretary John Quessy see https://www.ieu.asn.au/application/files/6415/0120/6832/NSW_Christian_schools_general_staff_correspondence.pdf