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NewsExtra: Improved offer - Model B Catholic Independent Schools MEAs

Following pressure from IEU members, on 9 November 2023, Catholic Employment Relations (CER) significantly improved the Model B offer for teachers and support staff. The pay rises were increased as follows:

Teacher pay

The revised pay proposals offered by CER mean that Model B teachers will be paid 1.5% above NSW Government teachers from October 2023 (see below) and an additional 3.5% above from February to October 2024, giving a total of 5% above. This is an extra 2% above the previous offer. The 5% advantage above NSW Government schools will be offset by an anticipated increase of around 3% in October 2024, but this will be restored from February 2025. This pattern will repeat during the life of the agreement.

This improved proposal restores the traditional premium in Model B schools. At the top of the scale, the increase by February 2024 is 9% above current rates.

Support staff pay

In addition to the earlier offer, on 9 November, Model B employers also offered extra increases for Level 4c, Level 5 and Level 6 support staff and a new classification of Level 5A for Aboriginal Education Officers. These increases are backdated to July 2023.

Parental leave

Although Model B schools have refused to agree to 12 weeks paid parental leave for the partner, they have agreed to other parental leave improvements. IEU will pursue the 12 weeks partner leave for the next agreement.

What happens next

Employers will put proposed enterprise agreements to the vote of staff – IEU will recommend a Yes vote.

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