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.
This is a great outcome for teacher aides and all that remains is for the draft document to be finalised. Once this is finalised and agreed on, there will be joint EQ/United Voice roll out meetings held throughout the state which you are encouraged to attend to hear full information on your new EBA.
United Voice will be holding further network meetings where it is vital that at least one member from every school attends to educate you on exactly what this means for you in your school and what you can do to ensure these new provisions are complied with at your school. Information on both of these meetings will be sent out as soon as arranged.
Your teacher aide delegates on the negotiating team are to be congratulated on their active participation in discussions. The manner in which they conducted themselves and their arguments in support of all teacher aides is to be commended. They even gave up their time in school holidays to ensure agreement was reached within the given time frames.
This is just the beginning for teacher aides. There will be ongoing work to be done to make sure that the new agreement is complied with and that there continues to be improvements for teacher aides. So as always, you need to:
- Talk to others at your school about becoming United Voice members
- Be active and informed by attending union information sessions
- Be educated in the provisions of your new agreement to ensure compliance.
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