Letter from Hon. Fred Finch Minister for Education Enterprise bargaining agreement for teachers to Mr Chris Sharpe President AEU dated 21 May 1996
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From a parity perspective, there is no justification for salary increases of the m agnitude you propose. The cu rren t offer of 3% and 4%, over and above 4% in 1994 puts NT teachers' salaries in a very competitive position w ith Western Australia despite their recent 15% increase. Given th a t the NTPS EBA will be up for renegotiation well before WA, you have every reason to expect this situation to continue. N otw ithstanding the rejection of your salaiy proposal, the Government does recognise the particular concerns of teachers in remote localities and is p repared to consider an improved package in this regard. Accordingly I have asked the Acting Com m issioner for Public Employment to negotiate with you a package to an upper limit of $1 million per annum for additional incentives for teachers in these localities. I would expect the package to include the outcomes of the cu rren t working party exercise, th e items previously agreed, including priority transfers to an u rb an centre after 3 years, and a range of other incentives. The G overnm ent has also reconsidered its position in relation to non- contact tim e and is now prepared to offer 2 hours fully funded through a range of m easures including the potential for increased involvement of elders in cu ltu ral activities in Aboriginal schools, and specialist teachers from the proposed NT School of Languages, School of Music and School of Sport. In addition, the Department will be m axim ising the am ount of professional development and in-service train ing th a t will be conducted during s ta n d down and outside core teaching hours, and will remove pupil free days. I confirm th a t for the purposes of th is agreem ent the offer rem ains for 3 year tra in ed teachers to progress p a s t the 6th increm ent, and access the 4 year tra in ed salary scale, after gaining 12 years experience and undertak ing appropriate training a n d /o r professional development. It is noted th a t th is proposal is more generous th an th e situation in WA where teachers m u s t have 15 years experience before progressing in th is way. However, th e Government is also p repared to consider other options in relation to th is issue in a future EBA. Any agreem ent on th is issue would need to p ro tec t the interests of four year trained teachers b u t there are a range of m easu res in place in other S tates which could be examined for potential im plem entation in the NT. In sum m ary, I would like to reconfirm the offer w hich is now open to you: inclusion in the NTPS EBA 3% sa la ry increase on signing the agreem ent 4% sa la ry increase from 22 A ugust 1996 a rem ote incentives package valued at $1M per year 2 h o u rs fully funded non contact time with fu rther negotiation during the life of the EBA Northern Territory Government
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