Tasmanian teachers have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new pay and conditions deal, put on the table by the Hodgman Goverment.
The agreement will see all teachers receive a pay rise, as well as more time for preparation, marking and planning.
The pay rise is 4.2 percent over the life of the agreement, additional to the 2.35 percent back pay which was also recently secured - a 6.55 percent total increase over three years.
It'll also see an additional 85 specialist teachers employed in primary schools, more support for teachers in isolated and regional schools and increased paid parental and partner leave.
Teacher Assistants who have progressed to Education Support Specialists will also receive the same paid school holidays as teachers.
95 percent of AEU members supported the deal in a binding ballot.
“This is a great outcome for teachers and students as central to the Agreement is more specialist teacher time for students and class planning and preparation time for teachers,” Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President said.
“Tasmanian primary teachers will have nation-leading instructional load in 2020 which means that, while students will receive the same amount of class time, the recruitment of additional specialist teachers, in particular STEM, will mean primary teachers have an additional two hours a fortnight quarantined for core work like lesson planning and tailoring learning to meet individual student need.”
“The majority of teachers are women, and it’s great news that paid parental leave is increased to 16 weeks and employer superannuation contributions will continue when employees are on workers compensation or unpaid parental leave.”