Pay Equity update
The campaign to achieve pay equity for teacher aides took an historic step forward yesterday, with the first day of pay equity negotiations getting underway. Once agreement is reached, changes will be made to ensure teacher aides’ skills and knowledge are recognised and fairly paid.
The teams made good progress identifying options to ensure any agreed pay equity settlement is delivered fairly to teacher aides. We agreed a shared direction for the delivery of funding to be built on when we resume negotiations in mid-January.
The teams also discussed our shared interest in addressing systemic issues where gender under-valuation of teacher aides has occurred, such as funding systems, professional development, career framework and job security.
Negotiations started the process of developing a settlement that will be put to teacher aides for ratification. Further negotiations will take place in the week of January 13th, and I will update you on progress after that.