Minister for Education Kate Jones has a greater insight into the issues affecting teacher aides and school cleaners after United Voice members Barbara Turomsza and Patty Hobbs presented her with your petition last week.
More than 2000 school cleaners and teacher aides signed the petition, which called on the Government to restore important conditions stripped away by the LNP - including job security, maximisation of hours and workload rights.
The petition also called on the Government to provide school cleaners a pay increase that’s above the rate of inflation.
While presenting the petition, Barb and Patty - both school cleaners - took the opportunity to speak to Ms Jones about the importance of the conditions the LNP had stripped away.
They also reiterated that a pay increase for school cleaners was due on 1 April this year and urged the Minister to ensure backpay to that date is included in the new pay offer.
Ms Jones was thanked for signing a pledge to restore conditions prior to the recent State election, but Barb and Patty both urged the Government to act swiftly to fulfil its commitments so that Enterprise Bargaining can progress.
The Minister thanked Barb, Patty and all school cleaners for the important work they do in Queensland schools and said she understood the importance of acting to secure conditions as soon as possible.
The Minister also said she believed it was important for school cleaners and teacher aides to be able to maximise hours to earn a living wage and confirmed that a pay increase for school cleaners was a priority.
She said she hoped to be able to make an announcement on this soon.
A delegation of United Voice teacher aides will soon visit the Minister’s Office to discuss their issues.