UPDATE: Catholic teachers on strike again today
As teachers get ready to strike, a union spokesman has struck back at allegations that demands by the IEU-QNT are not based on teacher pay-scale reality.
Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory branch secretary Terry Burke said Brisbane Catholic Education spokesperson John Phelan's comments were "another clear example of employers getting it wrong on wages."
"The simple fact is that the top step of the incremental teacher scale applies automatically to all teachers who have completed at least nine (9) years of service," he said.
At 2014 rates these are:
NSW Catholic Step 9: $91,071
Qld Catholic Step 9: $84,279
"The employers are attempting to confuse this clear disparity by quoting Experienced Teacher 6 (ET6) rates in Queensland.
"This is a misleading comparison given that ET6 eligibility requires 12 years of service and the teacher successfully completing an ET6 application - it is not automatic.
"In addition, the employers fail to mention that New South Wales Catholic teachers can access an additional voluntary step above step 9 called Highly Accomplished Teacher (HAT).
"The NSW HAT rate will reach $101,614 next year, well in excess of rates available to classroom teachers in Queensland.
"If this NSW HAT rate is compared with the Queensland ET6 rate - the difference is $10,173 less for Queensland teachers.
"Queensland Catholic school employers need to stop their smoke and mirrors approach when it comes to wages which is masking the reality that experienced Queensland teachers at the top of the automatic incremental step are currently paid $6,792* less a year just because of their postcode."
FOR THE third time since the last week of term three, catholic teachers at two Fraser Coast schools will again stop work on Thursday.
The half hour work stop will take place between 2.45pm and 3.15pm at both Xavier Catholic College and St Mary's Catholic Primary School.
The strike has been organised by the Independent Education Union of Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory branch.
IEU-QNT branch secretary Terry Burke said participating members would use the time to consider a two-hour strike for next week during school hours.
"Even with the employers proposed increase, Queensland Catholic teachers at the top of the automatic incremental scale would continue to be worse off by $6,752 (in 2015) and by $6,920 (in 2016) - a total $13,672 worse off over the two years (compared to their New South Wales counterparts)," he said.
But Brisbane Catholic Education spokesperson John Phelan said the union's argument was not based on pay-scale reality.
"The union continues to exclude the highest level of teachers (pay) in Queensland Catholic schools from its comparisons," he said.
"When these teachers (receiving the Experienced Teacher 6 allowance) are compared with the highest paid teachers in Catholic schools in NSW, then those Queensland teachers will earn around $93,000, which is more than their equivalent teachers in New South Wales are paid."