The Association of Independent Schools (AIS) has indicated it is uncertain about pay increases for this year. Further, the union understands the AIS doesn’t intend to visit schools until March/April to determine pay rates for 2021.
April is too far away to achieve what teachers, support staff, principals and business managers and budgets require – certainty and predictability. The AIS not knowing takes us nowhere.
How did we get to this position?
The AIS commenced bargaining for a new multi-enterprise agreement (MEA) in late 2019. Following a six month pause in the bargaining, the AIS finally agreed to recommence negotiations with the union. Meetings were held between the union and the AIS on 5 November, 24 November and 17 December 2020. Further meetings are scheduled for 15 February, 15 March and 29 March. A central position on salaries for 2021 has not been determined by the AIS. IEU members have had to approach schools directly to find out about intended pay rises.
The union accepts that the student census in week three of February will provide firm student numbers upon which federal government funding is based. School budgets stem from the census figures. It is critical that union members in schools where offers of less than 2% have been made, meet as a chapter and seek pay parity. Union organisers are available to assist in convening meetings and moving endorsed motions forward.