Onscreen markers' win

Greg Butler
Research/Industrial Officer

BOSTES is to make top-up payments to markers of some HSC courses marked externally onscreen since 2009.

Federation and the Independent Education Union filed dispute notices in the Industrial Relations Commssion on November 3, 2015, over the correct rates of pay under the HSC markers’ award.

After a number of conciliation conferences and further discussions, the dispute came before Commissioner Newall on March 3.

BOSTES reported to the Commssion that it now accepts the unions’ interpretation of award clause 15.2.7 for calculation of rates of pay to on-screen external markers and is satisfied that payment of the outstanding amount to underpaid markers would not breach the statutory cap on increases in employee remuneration under the public sector wages policy.

BOSTES has agreed to make a top-up payment to affected markers by April 8. These include markers of some English, Drama, ESL, Music, Society and Culture, CCAFL Languages, Modern Hebrew Continuers and Vietnamese Continuers papers.

BOSTES also informed Commissioner Newall that it will apply the unions’ interpretation when calculating rates of pay per script for the 2016 marking operation and will publish rates of pay for specific questions marked externally onscreen by the end of March each year.

Mathematics markers are not included in this settlement because their rates of pay per question have been specified in a schedule of the award and were not in dispute.

All members who might have marked Higher School Certificate courses described above from 2009 onwards are encouraged to confirm the currency of their banking details registered with BOSTES through Markers Online to ensure they receive their due back-pay.