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NewsExtra: Model A Catholic Independent Schools MEAs

Following pressure from IEU members, on 9 November 2023, Catholic Employment Relations (CER) significantly improved the Model A offer for teachers and support staff. The pay rises were increased, and the agreements will be shorter, expiring on 31 December 2025. The pay rises were increased as follows:

Teacher pay

The additional 2% increase above the previous offer to be paid from October 2023 means that Model A teachers willcontinuetobepaidapremiumaboveNSWGovernmentandCatholicsystemicteachers. CERhavealsoagreed to the IEU’s proposal for an additional step to be added to Band 2 from February 2024 with a salary of $122,100. Eligible teachers will progress to the new step after completing four years on Band 2.

The new Model A rates are as follows:

This improved proposal maintains the traditional premium in Model A schools.

Support staff pay

In addition to the earlier offer of 5% increases in January 2024 and 2025, on 9 November, Model A employers also offered extra increases for Level 4c, Level 5 and Level 6 support staff. These increases are backdated to July 2023.

Parental leave

Although Model A 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 agreements.

What happens next

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

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