Core: Good news for teachers, update for us!
Yesterday we lodged our witness statements, which is the first big part of the our case seeking to secure a better (and fair) pay increase and improved conditions.
You may have also read the news of an in-principle agreement between the state government and the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) announced yesterday.
The provisions of the in-principle agreement include a 2.5% EB wage increase, and a $1250 signing bonus, with greater opportunities for professional development and reclassification for Principals and other school leaders to name just a few points. You can see the Minister's release about the deal here.
This is good news for our state's hard-working teachers, who absolutely deserve to be recognised and supported by their employer.
This also shows that Together members were absolutely right to reject the disrespectful, low offers made by the government to you. The government apparently has money in the budget to pay considerable increases to its teaching staff – but that was certainly not what Together members were told last year and this year.
Together members took a strong stand by voting to reject the government's offer and to move to arbitration to have the independent umpire decide our case.
However, this is challenging as we are now waiting for the process to be run.
While this process is being run we have also applied for the recent 3% National Wage Case to be flowed on in the Queensland state wage case.
We are also continuing to ask for the government to pay you an interim wage increase, so that you are not disadvantaged over the period the arbitration takes place.
You may like to email the Premier and Industrial Relations Minister and ask that they take action now to flow on the National Wage Case to you and your colleagues this year and ensure a 1 September pay date.
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