ELAA believes that the proposed VECTEA offers a balanced approach for teachers, educators and early childhood providers, according to a statement from the association, which states that the proposed agreement is now reached by the government with regard to adequate funding. The AEU accuses the Ministry of Education of violating the recently adopted agreement on Victorian public schools by ordering principals to more rigorously determine which teachers and facilitators met the criteria for progress, including setting a cap for those who move to the next level, without consulting the union beforehand. In recent discussions, the ELAA stated that the proposed agreement “focuses on quality outcomes for the early childhood sector, improving the salaries and conditions of teachers and educators and giving employers greater capacity to manage their workforce.” ELAA agreed on substantial improvements for teachers and educators, “recognizing the importance of maintaining and attracting quality staff and thus supporting the dedicated work of service providers at an early age.” The highlights of the 2016 negotiations the last time the agreement was reached, as found by the AEU, included an annual salary increase of 3 per cent, 15 days off for co-educators and pay parity with teachers at the higher level of early childhood teachers (representing an additional 13 per cent) and pay parity with teachers at the lower level of early childhood teachers (equivalent to 8 additional per cent). Modern AwardsIn 2010, modern Awards replaced the old awards with lean and withdrawn conditions. Modern prices are not as comprehensive as the old awards, and although some conditions have been maintained, some have inevitably been lost. If your school does not have a collective agreement for you, your terms and conditions will be set by the corresponding Modern Prize. These are well below industrial standards and constitute only an absolute minimum, which is designed only as a “safety net” to prevent exploitation. For more information, check down the left. The ability of employers to address underperformance issues has been successfully negotiated by the ELAA, which ensures that employers can extend the trial period for workers to six months under the proposed agreement, which also allows the employer to formally manage benefit issues. Currently, more than 16,000 teachers are at the top of the ladder, unable to achieve a higher increment without being promoted. In what the union says, the unilateral imposition of a quota, Hall stated that “in a typical school, the coalition government expects that between 60 percent and 80 percent of teachers” would get a successful performance evaluation and thus progression.

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