2007 Survey - Priority Issues For teachers and deputy principals Protection of existing conditions Wages Protection of school holidays Class sizes Class time Security for fixed term employment Genuine career paths Protection of existing conditions
Priority issues continued For Principals Salary equity with VGS Appropriate relativities Strengthening contract provisions – notice and contract renewal For SOs and SSOs Protection of existing conditions Wages Improvements to the classification structure
Government Sector Outcome Source AEU Bulletin Top of the teacher scale $75,500 Highest top rate in the country Graduate teachers at $51,571 Highest entry point in the country $1000,$1500 and $2000 bonuses for most teachers and principals. Pay increases between 5.2% and 11.5% per year Effective date 11 May – pending ratification by AEU No loss of holidays, no loss of pupil free days No increase in scheduled class time limits.
Parity Since 1997 we have had the same increases from the same date as our government sector colleagues on the scale. The operative date is as important as the quantum. No matter how long this agreement takes to reach, we expect the operative date to be the same.
Headcount of Teachers at each level 1-1647 1-2693 1-3660 1-4631 1-5693 1-6719 1-7794 1-8601 1-9601 1-10581 1-11376 1-122008 2-1213 2-24934 Total: 14572
Challenges in negotiations School Officers and Schools Services Officers Positions of Leadership Principals’ Salaries Deputy Principal rates and allowances CEO staff
Challenges: SOs and SSOs Percentage increases on scale Real increases in pay Classification levels Majority of SOs and SSOs are at top increment of their level Government sector deal will take months to formally conclude
Challenges – Principals, Deputies Difference between classification structures in VGS and Catholic schools Relativities between levels of Principal salary and new 75,500 rate for teachers at top of scale Relativities between Principal rates and other leadership positions Relativities between deputies on salary and the top of the scale, deputies with allowances
Challenges - POLs Relationship between POL and VGS Leading Teachers rates Previously 6 pay points – 6 levels of POL Leading teachers compressed into 3 pay points: $78019, $80,242, $82530 Leading teacher bonus -$1500 at top 3 levels POL Allowances? $2519, $4752, $7030 Current POLs are: (1)$1895,(2)$3843,(3)$5847, (4)$7908,(5)$10027,(6)$12208
Challenges for Independent Schools Status of current agreement or lack thereof! Government sector benchmarking Schools that commit to % above VGS Leapfrogging Getting to the bargaining table Dealing with the new industrial framework for agreement making.
The process from here… Continue negotiations with Catholic employer Depending on progress, continue to campaign on our issues ‘In-principle’ Agreement considered by Committee of Management With COM endorsement - to meetings of VIEU Councils With VIEU Council endorsement - to ratification by VIEU members at sub branch level – over approximately 2 weeks With majority member ratification, General Secretary signs off on Agreement. Agreement then goes through formal process of employee voting. With two weeks notice, a formal ballot will be held in each workplace of all employees to be covered. On a majority ‘in favour’ vote, Agreement will be lodged.
Non-members Everyone in schools will benefit from the Agreement. VIEU members campaigned for it. VIEU negotiates it VIEU resources come from VIEU membership fees. Isn’t it about time non-members paid their way?