Markers accept award offer

Greg Butler
Industrial Officer

HSC markers attending joint union meetings have voted to accept the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards’ three-year award offer.

The offer includes pay increases of 0.5 per cent above the existing state wages policy cap.

  • 2.77 per cent from July 1, 2014
  • 2.53 per cent from July 1, 2015
  • 2.54 per cent from July 1, 2016.

The State Wages Policy Task Force and the Expenditure Review Committee approved the above wage cap offer after employee-related cost savings were identified. They include:

  • removing the limit to on-screen marking (currently set at 50 per cent of the total mark value of all corporate and external marking)
  • providing an option for markers in each course to be exercised collectively to reduce one-hour meal breaks to 30 minutes to enable a later start time
  • deleting the current clause in relation to Examination Committee members (this clause currently reads: “Examination Committee members — Members of the Examination Committee will not be given automatic appointment as markers”)
  • amending the appraisal of performance system for senior markers so that it will include items such as leading a marking team, production of marking kits and monitoring marking.

Federation, Independent Education Union and the National Tertiary Education Union members will be covered by the award.

In addition to the award offer a number of operational matters related to marking were raised by members at the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle meetings. The unions undertook to pursue these issues with Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.