Catholic independent pay rises

The ballot result has just been declared in the vote on the teachers and support staff agreements in about 35 NSW Catholic independent schools.

A Teachers Multi-Enterprise Agreement (MEA) and a Support and Operational Staff Multi-Enterprise Agreement (MEA) will apply to all but one of the schools. Santa Sabina College will be covered by its own separate teachers and support staff enterprise agreements. In total, the agreements will apply to more than 3000 teachers and 1500 support staff.

Because of errors in the electoral rolls detected in one school after the vote had commenced, the vote in that school has been deferred for more than a week to allow the voting process to recommence with correct rolls.

The Union has been advised by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) that employers will now pay the long overdue increases where employees have voted for the agreements.

Back pay will also be paid as soon as possible, without waiting for formal endorsement of the agreements by the Fair Work Commission.

The Union will have further discussions with members in the one school where teachers voted against the proposed MEA as to the next step.

The Union thanks members for their patience during this long and trying period.