A new Teaching Service Agreement for the state’s public school teachers and principals has been lodged in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission, the AEU said today.
The 15-month Agreement was endorsed by a majority of AEU members in a recent ballot and lodged in the Commission on Friday, 2 June 2017.
The Agreement includes a pay rise of two per cent, back dated to March 1, 2017, along with improvements to a range of conditions such as increased maternity/paternity leave and some measures to address teacher workload and principal health and wellbeing.
“We’re pleased to have reached an Agreement that delivers salary gains and improves a number of working conditions,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President.
“Entry level teachers, in their first five years of service, will no longer be lowest paid and this will go some way, at least in the short term, in helping attract and retain young teachers to the profession.”
“There are also good salary gains for senior experienced teachers who will be ‘lifted off the bottom’ when compared with their peers interstate.
“Tasmanian teachers are expected to deliver a national curriculum and increasingly perform to national standards and it will be vital that, moving forward, they are recognized for their professionalism and valued accordingly.
“We will need to ensure teacher salaries are nationally competitive if we are to achieve the highest quality teaching and learning environments in our schools, for the benefit of our students.
“There is more work that needs to be done in addressing escalating teacher workloads, which impacts on student learning, as well as principal health and wellbeing.
“We have secured some written commitments from the employer, and formation of working parties, to start addressing teacher workload and principal health and wellbeing issues.
“Progressing solutions to teacher workloads and principal health and wellbeing will be a focus during the life of this Agreement.”
The Agreement will come into ‘force’ once registered by the Commission and end on 30 June 2018.
Helen Richardson, AEU Branch President, 0408 108 885.