What is enterprise bargaining?
Enterprise bargaining is a legislated process that occurs between unions and employers in order to make an enterprise agreement that operates to regulate salary levels and working conditions.
Our Enterprise Agreement is negotiated between the AEU and the employer and the negotiation process is governed by provisions of the Fair Work Act 1994 (SA) which require the parties to use their best endeavours to resolve the issues in question.
As State Government employees we are operating under the State rather than the Federal Industrial Relations (IR) System.
Our current agreement is the South Australian School and Preschool Education Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016 (EA2016).
This agreement must be renegotiated after three years and it has a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2018.
Renegotiation may commence six months prior to the expiry date.
The last pay increase scheduled for the current EA2016 was paid on and from the first full pay period after the 1 October 2017.
In relation to Preschool Teachers (including Preschool Directors) and Teachers (including Band A and Band B classifications, and Seconded Teachers), the AEU is the only association formally registered under the Fair Work Act 1994 to represent members, and thus be a party to Enterprise Agreements approved by the South Australia Employment Tribunal.
If you want your voice heard, it is best to join the AEU.
What do we want?
The AEU has spent the last 12 months consulting with members and have identified a number of important matters that you want us to focus on.
They include better remuneration, quality jobs that are secure and safe, workloads that are reasonable, sustainable and not excessive, more teachers, improved country incentives to attract and retain staff, addressing gender inequality, and fair treatment.
An Enterprise Agreement must be voted on and agreed by the majority of employees that are covered by the agreement. Before we make an agreement the AEU will ballot members.
It is important that you keep up to date with the information on the progress of the enterprise bargaining and provide us with your feedback on matters that are of interest to you and your colleagues.
The success of negotiations is dependent upon the collective strength and activism of members throughout the negotiating process.
If we are united, organised and strong we will have more success in winning improvements to salary and conditions.
Notice of intention to negotiate an enterprise agreement
The AEU has lodged with the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Erma Ranieri, and CE of DfE, Rick Persse, its notice of intention to negotiate a new enterprise agreement for the classifications referred to in Attachment A at the link below.
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to see the notice.
Respect the Education Profession
The AEU framework for enterprise bargaining will be underpinned by extensive proposals and strategies. These will be provided during the course of negotiations. Current entitlements will be preserved, except where improvements are agreed.
The AEU Framework was endorsed at Branch Council on 7 April.
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to see the seven point plan.
The AEU is seeking improved workload protections for preschool teachers and leaders through enterprise bargaining. If you would like assistance in addressing your current workload please contact the AEU Information Unit on 8172 6300.
Teachers working in stand alone preschools have the highest face to face teaching load of any preschool teacher in South Australia.
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for details on preschool teacher face to face hours.