Teachers, school leaders and program heads at state schools across the Gold Coast should soon see a slight increase to their pay packet after the Queensland Teachers Union and State Government agreed on an increase of 2.5 per cent over three years.
The agreement, which is just waiting on approval by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, will take effect from 1 July this year and impact more than 47,000 staff statewide. Eligible staff will be back paid from that date, with the second and third pay increases taking effect on 1 July in 2017 and 2018.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the agreement would ensure a “contemporary and competitive professional pay-scale for our professional state school teaching personnel.
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“Importantly, this agreement encourages teachers to stay in the classroom and use their experience and expertise to ensure Queensland students receive the best education possible,” Mr Pitt said.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s Shadow Minister for Education Tracy Davis also said she was happy that negotiations with the Teacher’s Union had been successful.
“It’s pleasing to see these pay negotiations have been finalised and teachers can again focus on achieving improved educational outcomes for our kids,” said Ms Davis.