Increase in paid maternity leave
Paid maternity leave for teachers in Catholic systemic schools will increase from nine weeks to 14 weeks next year under an in principle agreement between the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (representing the systemic schools) and the NSW Independent Education Union.
The Catholic Weekly reports that the executive director of the Commission, Michael McDonald, said the improvements in salaries and conditions in the agreement "appropriately reward Catholic school teachers and recognise their valuable contribution to Catholic education".
The Catholic systemic schools have agreed to a general four per cent increase per annum over three years which would enable, at the end of the agreement, a step 13 teacher to receive a salary of $75,000 per annum and a four-year trained teacher to receive a starting salary of $50,000 per annum.
The first increase will begin from the first pay period on or after 1 January, 2006.
The increases in salaries will maintain the existing parity in the salaries of teachers employed in Catholic systemic schools and NSW government schools.
Increase in paid maternity leave (Catholic Weekly 30/10/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (NSW) | Teachers Salaries Agreement welcomed (26/10/05)
Religious seek fair deal for workers (Catholic Leader 20/10/05)
27 Oct 2005