The current NSW Christian Schools Teaching Staff Multi – Enterprise Agreement (MEA) expires in December and the Union is bargaining for a new agreement with employers.
For the first time, the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) is representing a small group of schools covered by this MEA. However nearly 50 schools continue to be represented by the Christian Schools Association (CSA).
The Christian schools represented by the AIS are the Northern Beaches Christian School, the Pacific Hills/ Pacific Coast/ Valley Hope group of six schools and Nepean Christian School. An MEA for these eight schools was circulated for voting between 20 and 24 November 2017 with the Union recommending a vote in favour of the MEA. The initial pay offer of 1.8% per annum was increased following negotiations with the Union to a 2.3% pay increase from February 2018, and 2.5% from February 2019 and 2.5% from February 2020. Although the Union would have preferred a pay rise of 2.5% in 2018, we note that all existing conditions are maintained. The Union is recommending a ' yes' vote for schools other than Nepean Christian School and Northern Beaches Christian School.