TEACHERS across NSW have voted to accept the terms of a new award but have resolved to continue their campaign the O’Farrell government’s 2.5 per cent public sector wages cap.
Members at 209 venues across NSW voted overwhelmingly to endorse the terms of settlement for a new three-year Salaries and Conditions Award for public school teachers to begin from January 1, 2014.
The new award provides annual salary increases, preserves all current working conditions, and protects the teaching standards and qualifications that underpin teachers’ professional status.
The award maintains the maximum annual increases allowable under state law – 2.27 per cent, 2 per cent and 2.15 per cent – for the next three years; these will be increased to 2.5 per cent per annum, if the NSW government fails in its attempts to avoid paying the employer’s contribution to the increased superannuation guarantee levy.
From 2016, classroom teachers will earn a projected $45,000 more for working nine years on the new seven-step pay scale, compared with nine years on the current nine-step scale.
From 2016, there will be a new, higher classification with a salary over $100,000 for teachers who want to continue working at classroom teacher level rather than seek promotion to an executive position.