Union wins:

New EA endorsed for independent Christian schools support staff

IEU members in nine independent Christian schools have voted 99% in favour of a new Multi-Enterprise Agreement (MEA) for support staff.

The union negotiated MEA will apply to support staff in nine NSW Christian schools.
Seven of the nine schools are part of the Pacific Group of Schools.
Some key improvements include, but are not limited to:

Significant salary increases

A minimum increase of a 13% pay rise over four years for all employees including an initial pay rise of 4% from February 2020 (preschool/child care employees will get slightly more). These increases are well above inflation.

Inclusion of casual conversion clause

A long term regular casual employee can apply to be employed on a full time or part time basis.

Detailed flexible working arrangements clause

For employees seeking to change their working arrangements because of carer’s arrangements (for example caring for a child of school age or younger or caring for aged parents) or for other prescribed reasons, the school is now obliged to genuinely try to accommodate the employee’s request and should also consider other options.

Domestic leave

One day of personal/carer’s leave per year may be used for moving house or a domestic emergency.