More than 350 NSW and ACT independent schools have issued Notice of Employee Representational Rights as the first step in the commencement of bargaining for new teacher and support staff enterprise agreements.
The IEU will be meeting with the Association of Independent Schools in coming weeks to discuss our claim.
The union is seeking pay rises of not less than 2.5 per cent in NSW (and for teachers in ACT schools, not less than those applying for teachers in ACT government and Catholic systemic schools).
Our claim includes changes to the pay and teacher classifications in Standards Model schools. This involves easier access to the Band 3 (Experienced Teacher) classification in standards schools. The union is concerned that many teachers are reluctant to apply for Band 3 because of the difficulties in the Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority (ISTAA) process and the upfront fee that some schools require teachers to pay at the start of the process.