Varying the employment conditions for caretakers, cleaners, canteen staff and ground staff

You may negotiate and agree with staff covered by the School Caretakers’ and Cleaners’ (including Canteen Workers) Collective Agreement or the Secondary and Area School Groundstaff Collective Agreement for them to have different terms and conditions of employment than those in the agreements.

This is usually done to simplify the package of pay and allowances for these staff. For example, you can agree on a weekly pay figure that includes an amount in lieu of the various allowances that might need to be paid irregularly.

You can’t use this process to negotiate terms that disadvantage the employee or provide them with lesser conditions than the collective agreement.
If you are negotiating different terms, please check the relevant clauses in the two collective agreements:

  • School Caretakers’ and Cleaners’ (including Canteen Workers) Collective Agreement, clause 1.4.2
  • Secondary and Area School Groundstaff Collective Agreement, clause 1.4.2

It’s important that any variation in the terms and conditions is properly recorded and signed by the employee, their union representative and a board representative. If you only have a verbal agreement with the employee, put it in writing as soon as possible.

Make sure the variation agreement clearly states the individual components of the employee’s pay package.

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