Sunwater Certified Agreement

As the QTU stated at the time of the original comments (Newsflash 13-20), the QTU entered into a certified mandatory agreement with the State Government as an employer, and all proposals for amendment would be reviewed and voted on by QTU members in accordance with QTU laws and practices. This remains the Union`s position. While qTU Executive has been fully informed of the discussions, QTU officials are increasingly concerned about the need for an open debate on the Government of the Land`s remuneration proposals, particularly because decisions about the functioning of schools have been made and new and changing requirements have been imposed on teachers and school leaders. In a letter from the Treasurer and labour relations minister to the Queensland Union Council, dated Friday, concerning outstanding EB agreements in various parts of the public sector, a … temporary change in the application of the [government`s] wage policy for the period from April 2, 2020 to June 30, 2021. » With respect to the QTU agreements, this would jeopardize increases in schools and TAFE-certified agreements as of July 1, 2020. The QTU and the government have reached a binding legal agreement providing for a 2.5 per cent pay increase from 1 July 2020. This agreement can be amended – as would be the case in the event of a wage stoppage – if a vote of the workers covered by the agreement supports the amendment. Certified agreements provide for negotiated terms of employment between an employer and the public sector unions concerned on behalf of workers. Yesterday`s CBA news finally confirmed to the state government that it intended to make public the wage freeze for government staff, including teachers and principals and all other school staff. In the absence of a formal proposal, QTU`s position is essentially, as stated in Newsflash 13-20 3 April: Look at the remuneration areas of the board of directors and the benefits that QTU has questioned and will continue to question whether the reduction of national budgets as an « austerity economy » is the most appropriate method. Reducing the salaries of teachers and other public service employees will eliminate $500 million from the economy, worsen the economic downturn and slow the recovery if it is not used (unsuscued) in a way that will have a greater economic or social impact.