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Union WIN: New EA endorsed for Independent Christian Schools support staff


IEU members in nine independent Christian schools have voted 99% in favour of a new Multi-Enterprise Agreement (MEA) for support staff.


The MEA will apply to support staff in nine NSW Christian Schools. This MEA has been

negotiated with the IEU. Seven of the nine schools are part of the Pacific Group of Schools.


Key improvements include:


Significant salary increases

A minimum increase of a 13% pay rise over four years for all employees including an initial pay rise of 4% from February 2020 (preschool/child-care employees will get slightly more).


These percentages are calculated in respect of the pay rates generally paid in NSW Christian schools in 2019 in accordance with Christian Schools Australia advice. These increases are well above inflation.

  • 4% increase from 1 February 2020
  • 3% increase from 1 February 2021
  • 3% increase from 1 February 2022
  • 3% increase from 1 February 2023

In respect of the Preschool/Childcare classification stream, the following increases have been approved:

  • 4% increase from 1 February 2020
  • 3.5% increase from 1 February 2021
  • 3.5% increase from 1 February 2022
  • 3.5% increase from 1 February 2023

Inclusion of casual conversion clause

A long term regular casual employee can apply to be employed on a full time or part time basis.


Graduate pay

The new MEA provides a clearer structure for the pay progression of graduate employees.


Detailed flexible working arrangements clause

There is a new clause that is more helpful to the employee if he or she seeks to change their working arrangements because of carer’s arrangements (for example caring for a child of school age or younger or caring for aged parents) or for other prescribed reasons. The school is now obliged to genuinely try to accommodate the employee’s request and should also consider other options.


Reduced penalty for insufficient notice of resignation

The debt due to the school is now limited to one week if an employee resigns without giving the required notice.


Domestic leave

One day of personal/carer’s leave per year may be used for moving house or a domestic emergency.


The Agreement is due to be lodged with the Fair Work Commission to be approved to come into effect on Wednesday, 15 July 2020.