Members won a David and Goliath battle with the new Education Assistant and Cleaners and Gardeners Agreements registered and implemented across WA schools.
United Voice members and delegates had bargained since June 2015 and were forced to implement work bans in schools after the Education Department continued to attend bargaining meetings without addressing the United Voice Log of Claims.
Premier Colin Barnett made a commitment that existing schools would not be privatised as part of the negotiations.
Members also received a wage increase of 2.25%, 2.5% and 2.5% for each year of the three-year agreement, as well as having their personal leave expanded to include Domestic Violence Leave and improved Long Service Leave flexibilities.
Other additions to the agreement include a new Lead EA classification for Special Schools and Education Support Centres, and United Voice members can now join school workload and advisory committees.
The new agreement was registered and came into effect over the summer school holidays.
United Voice member and Education Assistant Naomie was a member of the bargaining committee and said the new agreement is a great outcome for members.
“Despite bargaining with a hostile government, we’ve been able to protect people from forced redundancies and keep entitlements that members have secured over many years in the industry,” she said.
“It means workers can sleep at night knowing there is permanency for the next three years.”