NewsExtra: Catholic Systemic Schools - Broken Bay Update
The IEU has reached agreement with Catholic Schools Broken Bay (CSBB) over the terms of a new enterprise agreement (EA) to apply to teachers and support staff in schools and new Primary and Secondary Work Practices Agreements (WPAs).
The IEU understands that the enterprise agreement will go to the vote of employees in coming weeks – the IEU will recommend a YES vote. The EA and WPAs will be in place until December 2024.
Rates of pay
The EA will contain rates of pay for teachers at least 1.5% above equivalent rates in the Department of Education. Rates of pay for support staff are also above those that have been agreed for other dioceses and above rates applying in government schools. These rates have been improved significantly compared to support staff rates of pay applying at the start of 2022.
There will be a 3% pay increase for all employees from January 2024. The diocese has also committed to match any one-off payments that may be made to teachers and support staff in government schools and to match any increases in teachers’ rates of pay in government schools during the life of the EA.
The EA contains improved paid parental leave, both for the initial caregiver (usually the mother) and the subsequent primary carer (usually the father or partner of the mother), if the initial caregiver returns to work or study within 12 months of the birth.
Learning support staff on fixed term appointments
New procedures have been introduced permitting support staff on rolling fixed-term appointments (usually learning support staff) to seek a review of their permanent hours every three years, not just as a one-off.
Work Practices Agreements
From the start of 2024, early career teachers and their mentors will have significantly improved release time, which will, wherever possible, be timetabled on a regular basis. The Collaborative Planning Time (CPT) of one hour per week (a reduction in face-to-face teaching) is also included in the WPAs.
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