However, both parties agree that we want to end negotiations so that employees can benefit as quickly as possible from negotiated increases. We are aware that the staff of Catholic schools, who are so committed to the children and young people they serve, deserve their salaries, the increase in allowances and the additional payment. In this context, each party agreed that we should withdraw our respective rights and offers, vote on the proposed enterprise agreement, and allow wage and salary increases and wage refunds. The minimum right to our schools is described in the Catholic Education SA Enterprise Agreement 2017. As you know, our respective negotiating teams have been working for almost two years to reach agreement on a number of work-related issues. Despite good faith, vigorous discussions and hard work, we have not been able to find an amicable solution on some issues. Together, we still have a lot of work to do to draft the revised document, to make it available to you for review and then to resume the voting process. We agreed together that the current enterprise agreement should be submitted to you for approval, with amendments agreed with: We also agreed that if the vote was successful and the enterprise agreement was approved by the Fair Work Commission, the enterprise agreement would apply for a period of 3 years from the date of approval of the Fair Work Commission. We plan to resume negotiations on the next enterprise agreement in 2019. We write to you on behalf of the 16 Catholic school employers and the Independent Education Union (SA) institution. Click here to visit the Country Incentives Program page.