Teachers’ union pay deal accepted

BUNDABERG parents are relieved the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) industrial action is coming to an end, after 82% of members voted to accept the enterprise bargaining package offered by the state government.

Kelly Smith, mother of four students at Bundaberg West State School, said the strikes had been frustrating.

“I’m glad it’s over - I had nowhere else to go because we refuse to pay child care,” Ms Smith said.

Bundaberg West State School mother Sandra Williams said her children were disappointed they could not go to school and learn during the strikes.

“They (the teachers) do deserve an increase, though. They do a good job,” she said.

The package will see starting teachers in Queensland become the highest paid in the nation, provide a salary boost for school leaders and will see the creation of a new senior teacher classification.

QTU Wide Bay organiser Greg Purches said the deal was one teachers needed, but was “not the best deal in the world”.

“It is hard to get an overview because of all the classifications, but for some we have bridged the gap (compared to other states) and others we are closer, but still well short,” he said.

The QTU is set to present their findings to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission on Monday.

The state government, as the teachers’ employer, will need to hold its own ballot before the proposed certified agreement can be registered with the QIRC.

However, Mr Purches said about 96% of state school teachers were members of the QTU.



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