Senior teachers in Queensland's Catholic schools are set to receive a salary boost to levels above $100,000, The Catholic Leader reports.
"This is a very significant achievement, and has the potential to keep the most talented teachers in the classroom," Independent Education Union Queensland branch secretary Terry Burke said.
"From July 1, 2018, very experienced teachers will receive $100,972 – and that is agreed."
Mr Burke said six-figure salaries were part of an incremental progression of wages that would flow following an in-principle enterprise bargaining agreement reached by Catholic school employers and employees.
The agreement has taken months of negotiation and included industrial action in parts of the State, and a full-day strike by some employees.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Lee-Anne Perry said the in-principle agreement reached through discussion in the Fair Work Commission "is a fair outcome for our staff who provide outstanding learning opportunities for young Queenslanders in Catholic schools."
"It's also an agreement that recognises the distinct nature of Queensland's Catholic education sector," Dr Perry said.
"The in-principle agreement is a good outcome for all involved in Catholic education and we hope staff will support it through the ballot."
Mr Burke said the agreement would bring the salaries of Queensland Catholic teachers in line with those in other States and would see the narrowing of the gap for classroom teachers in their early to mid-careers while providing experienced classroom teachers with access to rates starting from the mid-$90,000s.
"Achieving a top rate in 2018 for experienced classroom teachers in excess of $100,000 is a very significant achievement," he said.
"At least there is a substantial salary progression. Attracting people to a profession is not about money but it does go a long way."
Carmel College classroom teacher and former pastoral leader Joseph Eastgate said a wage increase was "positive recognition" for high work demands.
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Queensland's top teachers will crack six figure annual salaries (The Catholic Leader)