All NSW education and support staff employed by Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) have had a win.
In February 2021, education and support staff in NSW Aspect schools received an initial one-off payment of 0.875% of base salary, with another one-off payment of 0.875% of base salary scheduled for 1 July (a total of 1.75%).
Hundreds of IEU members in Aspect schools in NSW met and endorsed a motion requesting Aspect immediately improve the pay offer set down for 1 July 2021.
The IEU met with Aspect management to voice members’ concerns about the inadequacy of these one-off payments. The union requested at least a 1.75% increase to base salary be considered rather than another one-off payment of 0.875%.
On 25 June, Aspecttold the IEU as well as teachers and support staff in NSW they had reconsidered their position and would provide a 1.75% lift to base salary from 9 July 2021 rather than the one-off payment.
Although paid partly as a percentage increase and partly as a one-off payment, this increase is now in line with the 2.0%-2.5% paid in over 100 independent schools this year. This improved increase will provide greater financial benefit for all education and support staff employed by Aspect.