Welcome to the Together Department of Education Arbitration blog. See below for updates about the arbitration for your wages and conditions.
It’s time for the independent umpire to decide.
It has been hard to understand the approach of the Department of Education and the government to bargaining for public servants. Why are they offering you less than other public servants? Why are they saying no to pay parity? Why won’t they agree to recognise the skills and roles of dedicated public servants?
We have yet to hear anything from the Department about whether or not the translation to the Health Practitioner (HP) stream is “agreed” OR if the Department of Education are willing to allow a joint negotiation with Queensland Health HPs later this year. We are continuing to follow up about this!
Yesterday the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission issued orders in relation to when the arbitration for your wages and conditions will occur. Vice President O’Connor, Commissioner Thompson and Commissioner Knight will hear our case in the Commission on the 25th, 26th and 27th of June. Before then, by the 15th of April, we will need to hear from the Department about what they agree to put in to this process and what they will run arguments against. This is a big step, because as you know, we haven’t had any positions put forward from the department this year. You can see the order here.
It’s time for the department, and the government, to enact pay parity – same job should equal same pay.
We are continuing to push for the department to deliver a wage increase to every public servant and not just a few.
Late last week your Together delegates met in Brisbane to discuss the next steps in our campaign for better wages and working conditions.
I hope you are having a great week.
Following the lack of any offer or position from the department prior to our conciliation conference last Tuesday we are now in a process called 'arbitration' to have the independent umpire determine your wages and conditions for the next 3 years.
What a week last week was!
After hoping we would receive another offer from the Department for pay parity by Tuesday 12 March when we were due for a hearing we didn’t see anything from them at all and so now we are in a new process called ‘arbitration’ with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
This afternoon Commissioner Black has referred the ongoing process of negotiating your wages and conditions to arbitration.
Together delegates Rineke DeRegt, Perry Mitchell, Paul Goulevitch and Sharon Abbott represented you all today and I want to thank them, and all our delegates for their perseverance and hard work.