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Western Australia Minister for Industrial Relations Bill Johnston

Teachers And Principals Accept State Wages Policy

Victor P Taffa

  • State School Teachers’ Union, Principals’ Federation of Western Australia accept wages policy
  • TAFE lecturers reach in principle agreement

State School Teachers’ Union (SSTU) and Principals’ Federation of Western Australia (PFWA) have accepted the second round of the McGowan Government’s $1,000 wages policy.

“I’m very pleased that a majority of the teachers and principals have agreed to the new enterprise agreement.” Minister for Industrial Relations Bill Johnston said.

“We’ve engaged with the unions’ leadership positively, who have worked hard to reach an agreement for their members.”

A vast majority of the SSTU members, 85 %, and PFWA members, 82.5 %, voted in favour of the agreement in their respective ballots. The two-year term conditions include:

  • An immediate pay rise, $1,000 pa, including backpay;
  • 12 weeks’ superannuation on unpaid parental leave;
  • One-off 30-minute increase in duties other than teaching (DOTT) time for primary school teachers (and corresponding decrease in face-to-face teaching time);
  • Provision of 320 minutes DOTT time for kindergarten teachers;
  • Curriculum support for kindergarten to Year 10 inclusive of up to half a day of professional development;
  • Pilot of lead principal program in 2020;
  • Award long service leave provisions for casual employees;
  • Five paid days of cultural leave for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders;
  • Flexibility enhancements to sick, carers and short leave entitlements;
  • Extension of temporary freeze on Government Regional Officers’ Housing rents until June 30, 2021 (from June 30, 2020)

State Government has also reached an in-principle agreement with the SSTU in relation to more than 2,500 TAFE lecturers.

Abbreviations:

TAFE              Technical and Further Education

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