THE future education of students across Gladstone has been threatened through a mismanaged bargaining agreement between the Queensland Teachers' Union and the Department of Education.

On Wednesday QTU members at Tannum Sands State High staged a protest about inadequate enterprise bargaining agreements (EB7) offered by the State Government.

Union members claim the State Government bypassed a crucial negotiating phase, and instead proposed an offer for new pay and working conditions for teachers over the next three years.

QTU central Queensland representative Barry Thomson said the union was encouraging teachers to vote against the current bargaining agreement.

"We are balloting teachers as to whether they accept that or not," Mr Thomson said. "The union executive is recommending that the offer be rejected because we see a small pay rise being offered."

The State Government has offered a 2.7% salary increase for teachers over the next three years.

Minister for Education John Paul Langbroek said the Newman Government would continue working with Queensland teachers.

"Our primary concern is providing real and tangible support for teachers in the classroom," he said.

The current bargaining agreement expires on June 30.

What is the EB7 agreement?

The enterprise bargaining agreement is decided between the state government and the Queensland Teachers' Union every three years.

Teachers have been offered a 2.7 per cent a year pay rise for each of the next three years.

Current teachers will earn $90,238 a year, graduate teachers up to $61,636 a year and principals up to $147,981 a year.

The current certified agreement notionally expires on June 30.

Changes will take effect from July 1

What's at stake?

  • Class size targets to be abolished
  • Entry-level salary to be frozen for three years
  • Parental leave
  • Workload management
  • Job security
  • Teacher transfer guidelines to be altered


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