30 November 2012 | No. 31-12

New schools agreement certified

This morning the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission certified the proposed Department of Education, Training and Employment State School Teachers' Certified Agreement 2012. This agreement secures protections around teachers' working conditions and students' learning conditions for the next three years. The resulting 2.7 per cent salary increase for all teachers and school leaders will be paid annually for the next three years, with the agreement ending on 31 August 2015.

The Commission's certification of the agreement means that it is now operational and that the EB7 campaign is officially over.

It is anticipated that the 2.7 per cent increase, back-dated to 1 September 2012, will be in members' pays on Wednesday 23 January 2013.

School staffing campaign

Don't forget to get involved in the school staffing campaign. The government's decision to change the provision of resource teachers in high schools, cease the funding of the key teacher position and change how primary schools teacher allocations are calculated will see most schools starting 2013 with reduced staffing.

Continue working with your principals and school communities to ensure that working conditions and learning conditions remain protected, despite these cuts. This government needs to ensure that schools in Queensland are resourced at a level whereby they can continue to provide a high quality education and opportunities for all students.

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union, 21 Graham St, Milton