ECEC update

Welcome to new Council members

I would like to welcome newly appointed ECEC members who are filling casual vacancies on ECEC Council until elections are held next year. Our existing ECEC Council selected the successful applicants for these positions after reviewing their biographies. Councillor Jody Fowler from Birrahlee Preschool will fill a casual vacancy in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and Elizabeth Price from Gloucester Preschool is filing the casual vacancy in the Hunter Area.

New deal coming in LDC

The unions will make a joint application on 6 June for a Supported Bargaining/Multi-Employer Agreement for teachers, educators and administration staff employed in long day care services. The agreement will include pay rates that are 15-25% above the award rates, access to one day of professional development for teachers and educators per year and union delegates’ rights (paid release to attend union activities such as induction of new employees, resolving issues within the workplace, advocacy and training). Large employers including G8, Goodstart and KU have attended meetings with the unions to discuss the proposed Standard Agreement.

If you have an enterprise agreement that has reached its nominal expiry date, contact the IEU to negotiate a new one so your centre is not swept up in an agreement with pay or conditions such as personal leave or non-contact time.

If you do not have an enterprise agreement but are paid award and/or have above-award conditions, request a contract that states you are paid (and will continue to be paid) a particular percentage or dollar amount above the award rate. Your contract should also list any above-award conditions that apply, such as non-contact time. If more than half of the teachers in your service are IEU members, we encourage you to approach your employer and request that they negotiate an enterprise agreement with the union which would cover teachers at your service.

Tax information session

As we start a new financial year, join the team from HESTA help to get your super in shape.

Their webinar will cover some simple ways to set yourself up for success. The webinar will run for 45 minutes with interactive Q&A. All welcome. The webinar is on Wednesday, 21 June at 5-5.30pm Check for further details.

Lisa James
ECEC Organiser