The Association of Independent Schools (AIS) has advised the union on behalf of more than 200 independent schools that bargaining for new enterprise agreements will not recommence before late September at the earliest.
The current Multi-Enterprise Agreements (MEAs) applying to teachers and support staff will expire at the end of January 2021. These MEAs therefore do not contain a pay rise for 2021.
Schools issued Notices of Representational Rights in November 2019 to signal their intention to commence bargaining. The union had expected these discussions to commence in March 2020 but, unfortunately, the AIS postponed bargaining meetings because of the pandemic.
Schools advised the AIS that they were not in a position to respond to the union’s claim because of the need to concentrate on teaching and learning in the difficult environment of Term 2.
The AIS has now advised the union that some schools are still unable to respond to our claims until they know the impact of COVID-19 on their enrolments and their finances more generally going forward. For this reason, the AIS is unable to put a common position across the 200 schools.
What has the union claimed?
The detailed union claim was circulated to IEU Chapters for endorsement in March and will be recirculated in coming weeks. Key elements of the claim are set out below.
Pay rises in independent schools should not be less than 2.5% per annum for teachers and support staff, with higher pay rises for teachers in the ACT (because of the higher increases received by teachers in government and non-government schools in the ACT).