The IEU again thanks our principal members and hopes Term 4 is progressing safely and well. We acknowledge the many challenges principals have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the agility with which principals and staff have responded to the educational, emotional and economic impacts on schools and their communities.
Principals will be aware of the enterprise agreement negotiations that have occurred in several sectors for teachers and support staff, with votes conducted or pending for Catholic independent, Catholic systemic and Christian schools.
Unfortunately, in the independent sector, the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) indicated it did not wish to negotiate centrally with the IEU in regard to a pay increase for 2021. Within this context, the union commenced meeting with members in independent schools and encouraged members to liaise directly with their principals about the way forward.
The IEU also wrote directly to principals in independent schools on 16 October. Clarity around a pay rise in 2021 is also important for the many principals of independent schools whose pay is linked to the multi-enterprise agreement for teachers in their schools. Hopefully, there are some signs that the AIS may recommence meetings with the IEU.
For Catholic systemic principals, the IEU has received from the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) the final draft of the NSW/ACT Catholic Systemic Principals Enterprise Agreement – it includes Emergency Disaster Leave and a 2.28% pay rise to come in January 2021.