Thanks to the solidarity and strength of the IEU membership, the Catholic enterprise agreement dispute has been resolved in favour of teachers and support staff.
Members now have the agreement they deserve, with the right to access the industrial umpire preserved into the future, and with all previous conditions (no trade-offs) retained, with extended benefits to members in certain areas.
Work Practice Agreements have been the subject of much negotiation and as this edition goes to print, agreement has been reached with the dioceses of Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle, Sydney Catholic Schools and Wollongong.
These documents provide clarity at a diocesan level and give more certainty about meetings, class sizes, briefings, RFF provisions and a multitude of important issues directly related to the role of a classroom teacher.
Importantly for early career teachers the specific quantity of support in terms of induction and mentoring is provided.
All members should check their payslips to ensure receipt of back pay (2.5%) in January. At this point it is anticipated a vote for the agreement members wanted will take place in early April.
A further pay rise of 2.5% will flow post formal settling of the agreement which will be backdated from the first full pay period in January 2018.