Experienced teachers to be paid $101,000 a year

TEACHERS in Queensland will now be paid $101,000 a year after reaching a new enterprise bargaining agreement with the State Labor Government.

Under the new three year agreement finalised today 40,000 experienced classroom teachers, heads of programs and school principals and deputy principals will get the pay jump. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the pay increase for classroom teachers recognised the vital role they play in shaping the state. 

"Our teachers do an outstanding job in ensuring students receive a quality education," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Until now, Queensland teachers could only earn more than $100,000 a year by taking their experience and expertise outside of the classroom.

"We want to encourage teachers to stay in the classroom to use their experience and expertise to ensure Queensland students get a quality education."

The pay increase was negotiated with the Queensland Teachers Union. 

The QTU was the biggest political donor to the Queensland Council of Unions in the lead up to the most recent state government election - gifting $261,840 between September 2012 and January 2015.

The QCU waged and funded the anti-privatisation campaign which helped Labor win power in 2015.

Shadow LNP Education Minister Tracy Davis said the Government needed to be transparent about how the deal was reached. 

"Queenslanders have a right to know the nature of any secret deals struck or lists of demands submitted to Labor by the Unions before elections to provide confidence these deals will not influence negotiations," Ms Davis said. 

"The LNP believes Union donations to the Labor Party should be subject to the same scrutiny as all other political donations.

"We would simply seek assurances from Labor that the changes to conditions they've agreed to improve educational outcomes for Queensland students.

"We also need to be assured that Labor has made proper provisions to pay for these wage rises, as deserved as they may be."

However Labor's Education Minister Kate Jones claimed teachers' wages increased more under the previous Government. 

"There is no massive pay increase but a fair outcome for teachers," she said. 

"The in-principle agreement is in line with the government wages policy of 2.5 percent.

"As the Minister for Education I was the Palaszczuk Government's representative in the negotiations, as per my ministerial responsibilities.

"You will recall the former Education Minister, John Paul Langbroek stood with the QTU to announce the previous EB of 2.7 percent a year over three years on 3 October 2012."

Pay for classroom teachers in New South Wales caps out at $95.466 - however they can apply for a merit based accreditation which entitles them to an annual pay packet of $101,614. 

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