TAFE Teachers and Support Staff working in schools and colleges across Tasmania have voted overwhelmingly to accept a government offer for pay rises and back pay.
An Australian Education Union member ballot was returned with 88 percent of Education Support Personnel and 93 percent of TAFE Teachers accepting the offer.
“Education union members have broken the government’s unfair and unsustainable wage cap policy with collective action and are looking forward to returning to the negotiating table for a longer-term agreement,” said AEU Tasmanian Branch President Helen Richardson.
“The government’s attempts to maintain their political position of capping wage rises at the expense of educators has delayed pay rises for too long.”
“Some of Tasmania’s lowest paid education support personnel will now need to be back paid to December 2018 – this just shows the government is more willing to inflict pain on their education employees than show them the respect they deserve.”
“With this offer came a commitment from the government to return to the negotiation table and AEU members look forward to an opportunity to talk about a longer-term agreement that addresses key issues for education support personnel,” concluded Helen Richardson.
The offer accepted by AEU members covered by TAFE Teacher and PSUWA agreements includes pay rises of 2.35%, with 2.1% backdated to 1 December 2018 (PSUWA) or 1 March 2019 (TAFE Teachers) as well as a one-off payment of 0.15% pro rata of base salary capped at $120.
“TAFE Teachers key priorities are workload and a professional pathway that leads to a tertiary qualification,” said AEU Tasmania TAFE President Simon Bailey.
“We look forward to returning to the negotiating table immediately to progress these key priorities along with fair pay rises that ensure TasTAFE can recruit the high quality teaching staff our students deserve.”
The AEU ballot for teachers, principals and school psychologists employed by the Department of Education will close tomorrow, 7 August.
Jon Stanger, AEU Tasmania, 0437 374 125