Catholic school employers and the Independent Education Union of Australia have reached an in-principle agreement on a new four-year wage offer.
Staff in Queensland’s 300 Catholic schools will be asked to vote on the offer as part of a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Lee-Anne Perry said the in-principle agreement was the culmination of a 16-month process and has been reached as part of New Approaches discussions in the Fair Work Commission.
“The in-principle agreement is a fair outcome for our staff who provide outstanding learning opportunities for young Queenslanders in Catholic schools,” Dr Perry said.
“It’s also an agreement that recognises the distinct nature of Queensland’s Catholic education sector.”
“We expect that a ballot of all staff will take place early next term to seek agreement for these proposals,” Dr Perry said.
“Staff will have the chance to see the full detail of the proposed agreement ahead of the ballot.
“If the ballot is successful then school authorities will begin processing the wage rise as soon as practicable.
“The in-principle agreement is a good outcome for all involved in Catholic education and we hope staff will support it through the ballot.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank staff for their patience and ongoing commitment to our students and school community throughout this process.”
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