Congratulation to teacher aides - your United Voice Teacher Aide Negotiating Team and Education Queensland have reached an in-principle agreement in relation to a replacement Teacher Aide Certified Agreement. After some intense discussions, the parties were able to reach in-principle agreement on those items which teacher aides said were most important. A wage rise of 2.5% per annum to apply from 1 September 2015 with subsequent increases on 1 September 2016 and 1 September 2017. This in line with the Government Wage Policy. Reinstatement of all provisions which were removed in legislation changes by the previous state government. The ability for teacher aides to maximise to 30 hours per week or 6 hours per day excluding ADO. This to replace the current 28.75 hours per week or 5.75 hours per day in the current agreement. Improved processes around the whole maximisation process in particular removal of the PLHs. The establishment of a working group to address the issues of the changing role of teacher aides, career paths, qualifications and classification structure with particular emphasis on how there could be genuine acknowledgement of work done by those teacher aides performing specialised health procedures and other duties in special schools. Continue reading
Earlier this week, three United Voice members spoke up for penalty rates at the Productivity Commission hearing in Ipswich. Hospitality worker Samarah Wilson was joined by Early Childhood Educator Karen Moran, who spoke about how an increasingly 24/7 economy would impact on her industry, and Aged Care Worker Wayne Porritt, who spoke about the toll that weekend work takes and why workers deserve to be fairly paid for it. As you may know, until recently, Samarah worked at the Capalaba Sports Club. She lost her job after refusing to sign onto an agreement that would have removed her weekend rates. "It highlighted to me just how vital the extra income that comes from penalty rates is for so many Australians who work on their weekends," Samarah said.The Restaurant & Catering Association, along with a number of other employer groups, is calling on the Federal Government and the Fair Work Commission to slash weekend penalty rates for people like me. If you haven’t already, you can tell the Productivity Commission why their plan to cut wages is a bad idea. Have your say now by clicking here.
Current and former workers at the Capalaba Sports Club say a decision by their employer to push them on to an agreement that removes their penalty rates and slashes their pay is underhand, unfair and may be illegal. Workers were recently called in to a meeting where they were told a company called Hospitality X was taking over staff management at the Club. “We were told that we had to sign a new agreement that traded away our penalty rates,” former employee and United Voice member Samarah Wilson said. “If we didn’t sign, we no longer had a job at the Capalaba Sports Club,” Samarah said. “I couldn’t afford to take a $5,000 annual hit while maintaining the same hours, and I also thought that what we were being asked to do was really unfair, so I didn’t sign. “Losing my job was incredibly stressful, but the whole situation has been even worse for many of the workers who are still there now and struggling to make ends meet. “I think what the club has done is disgusting and I’d like to see them immediately reinstate penalty rates and issue an apology for every worker whose life has been affected by this decision.” Samarah Wilson’s petition can be accessed at www.bitly.com/SamarahPetition