CCSA keeps abreast of matters in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that may impact our members.
This eAlert is to advise you of a recent FWC Decision in the Equal Remuneration and Work Value Case for early childhood teachers.
The case was being run as two concurrent applications:
- an application for an equal remuneration order for early childhood teachers employed in long day care centres and preschools, and
- an application to increase the minimum salaries for all teachers covered by the Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2020 on work value grounds.
The FWC was not satisfied that the case advanced by the Independent Education Union (IEU) had satisfied the requirements for the making of an equal remuneration order and dismissed that application.
However, the FWC considered that an adjustment to the minimum rates of all teachers covered by the Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2020 could be justified. While the existing Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2020 pay rates continue to apply, the FWC has proposed:
- a “Standards Based Remuneration” model for future remuneration which links pay to teachers’ levels of accreditation (based, with modifications, on the model used in the NSW Teachers Award 2020 for primary school teachers employed in NSW Government Schools); and
- an Educational Leaders allowance based on the current award Level 1 leadership allowance for teachers in the smallest category schools.
The next step for interested parties is to respond to the FWC regarding its proposals. The evidence and submissions provided to the FWC for its consideration about the Equal Remuneration/Work Value Case may include views on operative dates, phasing-in arrangements, and the capacity of governments to assist in funding the wages of early childhood teachers. The procedures to be followed for finalising the case are yet to be issued.
It is stressed that no final decision has yet been made and the existing Educational Services (Teachers) Award 2020 pay rates continue to apply.
CCSA will continue to keep you updated on the progress of the case.