Who is involved in bargaining?

    The Teachers’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreements are between the employing authority (being the Archbishop, Bishop or Order depending on which EBA) and the Independent Education Union of WA (IEUwa).

    The Non-Teaching Staff Enterprise Bargaining Agreement is between the employing authority (same as for Teachers) and the IEUwa, United Voice and the Australian Nurses Federation (depending on the classification of employee). 

    Each of the 12 employing authorities for both the Teachers and Non-Teaching Staff EBAs has appointed Dr Debra Sayce (Executive Director of CEWA) as their bargaining representative for the negotiations. 

    This means Dr Sayce will bargain with the unions on behalf of the 12 employing authorities.

    The employing authorities have nominated eight Principals (four primary and four secondary) to form an EBA Consultative Committee that will work with CEWA for the purposes of the negotiations. 

    Why were the EBAs allowed to expire?

    The Teachers’ Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and the Non-Teaching Staff Enterprise Bargaining Agreement officially expired on 31 December 2017 and 31 December 2016 respectively, however both remain in effect until such time as agreement is reached on a new EBA. Negotiations for a replacement EBA could not commence until bargaining had been initiated with the relevant unions.  Dr Sayce, as bargaining agent for the employing authorities, received the Notice of Intention to Commence Bargaining from the IEUwa on 7 February 2018.  Bargaining officially commenced shortly after this when the Notice of Intention was accepted by the employing authorities. 

    When will we receive our next pay increase?

    This is a matter for the negotiations. 

    Why haven’t the EBAs been negotiated sooner?

    On receipt of the Notice of Intention, Dr Sayce has indicated willingness for bargaining to commence in a timely manner and remains ready and able to do so. Dr Sayce is waiting to receive the log of claims from the IEUwa. The last communication distributed by the IEUwa to members on 30 August 2018 stated it was still working on a draft log of claims. 

    What is a log of claims?

    A log of claims is a set of claims for improved pay or conditions, put forward by the union for negotiation on behalf of employees covered by the EBAs (teaching and non-teaching).

    How can I give feedback and ask questions on my terms and conditions of employment?

    All feedback and questions are most welcome and can be provided to the EBA Consultative Committee via the following address: ecr@cewa.edu.au

    I’m covered by the non-teachers’ EBA. Will my conditions in the new EBA be the same as the teachers?

    The two EBAs are separate documents and the terms and conditions of each apply to different classifications of employee. 

    It is Dr Sayce’s preference that the negotiations for each group of employees is approached separately, to ensure both EBAs are negotiated on their merits for those groups of employees, in fairness to those groups and their bargaining agents. 

    When will the new EBA be available to staff?

    Once the new EBAs have been registered with the WA Industrial Relations Commission they will formally commence operation and will be made publicly available on the CEWA website. All staff within CEWA will be kept updated on the progress of negotiations via this website. 

    Will I be back paid for any salary increases?

    This is a matter for the negotiations.

    Will I get to vote on the EBA that covers my employment conditions?

    The EBA will not be put to employees for a vote.

    Once agreement is reached with the unions, the unions will contact staff regarding voting on the new EBA.