The decision is the result of an eight-year long action by the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch, which represents 32,000 teachers and support staff.
The union anticipates approximately 12,000 teachers in about 8,000 long day centres will benefit if the pay rises are made.
“This is a significant win,” IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam said. “The Commission has recognised the increasing value and importance of the work of all teachers, but particularly early childhood teachers, and this decision reflects that.”
The Commission has proposed a new pay structure that will deliver pay rises of about 5% to 10% in addition to current pay rates, depending on the current pay step of the teacher. Some teachers will be eligible for even higher increases if they have more responsibility as the Educational Leader.
“The Commission has requested that state and federal governments consider funding early childhood sector pay. The union calls on governments to recognise the key role teachers play in early childhood education and support their work,” Northam said.
The Commission considers a new classification structure should be implemented which reflects achievement of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, with an allowance to be paid on top for the position of Educational Leader.
Prior to finalising a new pay structure, The Commission is seeking evidence and submissions including about a date and phasing in of new arrangements, and the capacity of governments to assist funding wage increases.
Further detail about the decision can be found in the Fair Work Commission’s summary document.
CELA will keep you informed as this matter progresses.