Catholic Diocese Enterprise Agreement

This agreement applies to staff employed in schools, which is part of: these negotiations are ongoing, the union commits all dioceses to guarantee pre-COVID agreements of improvements. Dioceses had previously said wage increases would only be paid after a successful “yes” to the new Catholic Systemic Schools company agreement, which is not expected to take place until September. The union and dioceses are leading discussions to improve labour practice agreements (WPAs). The particularities of these PDOs vary from diocese to diocese and include rules relating to class sizes, length and frequency of meetings, and other similar conditions. This interterritorial wage increase, expected since the expiry of the previous company agreement at the end of last year, was a central demand of the union`s ongoing negotiations on company agreements. Although WPAs are diocesan, they are always mentioned in the company agreement and are especially applicable to the Fair Work Commission. The union hopes to be able to clarify the details of the proposed changes in the coming weeks. However, the RERAB informed us that they did not expect company agreements for teachers, auxiliary staff and principals to be ready for vote until late in item 3. The agreed improvements for the Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement also apply, where applicable, to the NSW and ACT Principals Enterprise Agreement. The IEU has received from the Catholic Labour Relations Commission (CCER) the willingness of all 11 dioceses to pay the 2.5% salary increase due since January 1, 2020 for school heads, teachers and auxiliary staff in NSW and ACT systemic Catholic schools (3% increase for ACT teachers). The CCER clarified that the payment of these wage increases “does not in any way constitute a deviation from the collective positions established and agreed by [the EU] regarding the company agreement”. Of the authorized employees who voted, 94.7 percent of the staff of the diocesan schools and 93.2 percent of the staff of the religious institute/public lawyers schools voted for the agreements. .

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