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Qld teachers vote to approve pay deal

AAP logoAAP 23/09/2016 Jamie McKinnell

A majority of Queensland's state school teachers have voted in favour of a new pay deal that will offer them a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise for three years.

The Queensland Teachers' Union had been pushing for a 4.5 per cent increase, but the government's in-principle agreement, announced last month, instead offered a raft of other sweeteners such as the restoration of class size restrictions.

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said the government would next apply to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to certify the agreement before staff are back-paid to July this year.

"The strong employee support for the proposed agreement follows positive and constructive negotiations between department officials and the QTU and I sincerely thank them for their efforts throughout this process," Mr Pitt said on Friday.

"This agreement ensures a contemporary and competitive professional pay-scale for our professional state school teaching personnel."

New teachers, who were previously paid about $62,000, will get $66,000 while the most experienced teachers can earn up to $101,000 without leaving the classroom.

Mr Pitt said it would encourage experienced teachers to stay in the classroom.

The package achieves parity with Catholic school teachers.

Education Minister Kate Jones last month said the deal would mean class sizes could only exceed the maximum 25 and 28 students in "exceptional circumstances" and after consultation with schools.

The government will also conduct a review of head of program and school leader classifications over the course of the agreement - the first review of its kind in more than two decades.

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