QTU Members' newsflash No.11-19, 1 July 2019
EB 9 offer received
Late Friday evening, the Queensland Government presented an EB offer to QTU Senior Officers. This offer was discussed by QTU Executive on Saturday afternoon, and it was determined that the Senior Officers and Executive would recommend acceptance of the offer to QTU Conference, which is being held this week.
Today the Queensland Government has announced that it has reached in-principle agreement with the QTU in relation to EB9.
It is anticipated that, once considered by QTU Conference this week, members will be balloted regarding the offer.
Key elements of the offer
- The establishment of a second step for EST (EST 2), to be accessed after three years on EST 1. It will have a salary of $110,500 pa, bringing the salary of Queensland classroom teachers up to among the highest in the country.
- A one-off payment of $1,250 (pro-rata) for classroom teachers.
- Streamlined processes for senior teacher and EST.
- A new structure linked to funding levels and resourcing within Queensland schools, with differentiated funding levels for special schools, schools of distance education and outdoor and environmental education centres.
- Executive principals being brought back into the classification structure, with a superannuable salary at the end of the agreement of $211,398pa, making them the highest paid state school principals in the country.
- Salary parity for primary, special and secondary heads of programs and deputy principals.
- An additional 30 minutes non-contact time for primary and special schools from 2022.
- Additional non-contact time for beginning teachers in primary, special and secondary schools.
- The establishment of a workload advisory council to provide a framework and mechanism to address workload issues at a systemic, regional and workplace level.
Gender employment equity
- Annual progression for part-time employees.
- The establishment of primary caregiver leave to replace parental (formerly maternity) leave.
- The development of a joint statement to support access to extended special leave for family purposes.
There are also a number of additional elements to the offer, but the headlines outlined above reflect the government’s attempt to address the four key elements of the QTU claim.
QTU State Conference will consider the offer over the course of the next three days, following which a more detailed explanation of the offer, its impact on the planned strike and the next steps in the process, will be available on the QTU website.
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union
21 Graham Street,Milton, QLD, Australia, 4060