Good news for teachers, what about CCOs?
Last Thursday, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission referred the negotiations for your next agreement into arbitration, given the Government’s failure to make an offer that respects what you do.
This week, the Government announced the news of an in-principle agreement between the state government and the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU).
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 Education 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.
However, the contrast between the way the government treats teachers compared to correctional officers could not be greater. At the same time the government is, rightly, ensuring School Principals and Deputy Principals are some of the highest paid in the country, they are doing nothing to address the fact that Correctional Officers are the lowest paid in the country.
We think the government should at least make sure you aren’t further disadvantaged over the period the arbitration takes place. That's why we are asking the government to pay an interim wage increase of 2.5% backdated to the expiry of the agreement.
You may like to email the Minister and ask that he takes action to ensure you receive a pay rise this year.
PS: Are you getting the correct superannuation payments?
Do you contribute the full 5% employee contribution to your super? If not and you receive the aggregated shift allowance we have some very important news regarding your superannuation
Some of our members who don't contribute the full 5% noticed that the department may not have been paying them the correct amount of superannuation.
We challenged the department on this. They have investigated and it appears that if you haven't been contributing the full 5% (which is the default) since early 2017, the department hasn’t been paying enough money into your superannuation and failed to meet the federal government superannuation guarantee.
What does this mean for you?
If you are unsure of your contribution, contact HR directly to identify whether you are affected.
The department are doing a full audit of all superannuation payments from early 2017 and will be back paying the discrepancies into your super.
However, that alone doesn't take into account the fact that the money that should have been paid into your super should have earned interest. We will be watching this with interest (excuse the pun), since this aspect will also need to be compensated for.