Teachers are given an additional two days’ leave as a ‘peace offer’ after not receiving an annual salary increase
Teachers get two more days off as ‘peace offer’ after complaining they don’t get their annual pay hike – as 1.7 million Aussies remain unemployed during the pandemic
- Teachers across Queensland are given an additional two days of leave
- Queensland’s 48,000 teachers were legally entitled to a pay increase in July
- The Teachers’ Union said that teachers would consider the proposal Friday
- Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk denied that the extra leave is damage control
- Education Minister Grace said that the state’s teachers deserved extra free time
Queensland teachers will receive two additional vacation days as a peace offer after they miss their planned pay increase this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state government made the proposal after it was announced that officials will not see wage increases until 2022, when they double their wage increase of 2.5 percent per year.
Queensland’s 12,000 police officers and 48,000 teachers were legally entitled to a pay increase in July.
Kevin Bates, president of the Queensland Teachers’ Union, said teachers would consider the proposal Friday and be encouraged to agree to the offer.
The state government made the proposal after it was announced that teachers would not see wage increases until 2022
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk of Queensland denied the union’s claim that the two extra days of leave were damage control after fierce resistance
“Our members were rightly angry with the government’s actions in breaking a signed deal – a legally binding agreement that should have seen the pay raise paid,” Bates said.
“We are really in this situation where the government deemed it necessary to make concessions, or to make offers that would hopefully resolve the concerns of teachers and directors.
“The wages deferment was a real blow to the face given what they had been through with the COVID crisis.”
There are currently approximately 1.7 million unemployed Australians with JobSeeker payments of $ 1100 per two weeks.
But as of September 24, the JobSeeker supplement will be reduced from $ 550 to $ 250 per week after it was raised from the Newstart Allowance at the start of the pandemic.
Scott Morrison also announced that JobKeeper, which currently serves 3.5 million Australians, will be reduced in stages as the economy recovers from the corona virus blockades.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk denied the union’s claims that the extra leave is damage control after a fierce backlash.
“It’s called pandemic leave – is anyone going to criticize our police and teachers for getting pandemic leave? “I don’t think so,” said Mrs. Palaszczuk.
“It was always my intention, and it is also my intention to look at health professionals, who in my opinion also deserve pandemic leave for the extraordinary work they do.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said the state’s teachers deserved the extra free time after their “extraordinary efforts made by teachers during COVID-19.”
“Some teachers worked during their personal time to ensure that after the Easter holidays we were ready to start learning at a distance,” said Ms. Grace.
“We think two days, because of the unprecedented work they’ve done, is going to say a big thank you to all our school communities.”
If teachers vote for the proposal, schools in the north and west will go on vacation on December 2, while those in the southeastern state will stop on December 9.
Kevin Bates, president of the Queensland Teachers’ Union, said teachers would consider the proposal Friday and be encouraged to agree to the offer
Earlier this month, it was announced that Queensland police officers will receive a one-time bonus of $ 1,250 and an additional two weeks of leave to go “above and beyond” during the pandemic.
The Queensland Police Union closed the deal with the state government after “thorough negotiations and discussions.”
The additional two weeks of leave would be classified as ‘COVID-19 leave’, with the payment of $ 1,250 deposited into the member’s accounts.
Payment would expire on September 27, but will instead decrease from $ 1,500 to $ 1,200 every two weeks.
A lower rate of $ 750 every two weeks goes to people who worked less than 20 hours a week in February, before the corona virus hit.