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Victorian Catholic teachers get bigger pay rise

It seems at least some Catholic school teachers in Victoria are finding themselves in the unusual position of leading their State counterparts in remuneration. Details of a new wage deal were released to Catholic schools yesterday.

The new wage agreement comes only weeks after the Industrial Relations Commission awarded Catholic school principals in NSW a 19.5 per cent wage rise. This sparked threats of strike action by NSW public school teachers.

Traditionally Catholic teachers have lagged behind their counterparts in wage agreements.

The Age reports Catholic Education Commission of Victoria executive director Susan Pascoe as saying the outcome would give greater flexibility to the Catholic sector, and Victorian Catholic Schools Association executive director, Andrew Prendergast, saying the deal provided wage comparability for Catholic principals, deputies and teachers.

Pay rises will be backdated to April 1, with further increases to come in December this year, December next year and December 2006.

The Age – Catholic teachers get bigger rise

CEO head praises Catholic teachers (CathNews 180604)
Catholic Employers Welcome Decision (Catholic Commission for Employment Relations NSW)
Catholic school principals win 19.5% rise (Sydney Morning Herald 11/6/04)
Class warfare over teachers' pay (The Courier Mail 11/6/04)
Catholic teachers' pay rise 'disappointing' (ABC 10/6/04)
Catholic teachers join in pay case strike (CathNews 28/5/04)
Catholic Commission for Employment Relations

25 Jun 2004