850 teachers to strike Thursday

UP TO 850 of the region's catholic school teachers are set to take part in state-wide strike this Thursday to send a message to the Catholic employing authorities over delays to wage negotiations which started in February. 

Four schools in the Rockhampton region have been authorised to take part in the strike which will involve 168 schools across the state and up 6,666 teachers. 

Independent Education Union Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the strike was necessary to address ongoing conflict with employers.     

"Teachers and other school employees take protected action as an absolute last resort, but it is now necessary because Catholic sector employees are frustrated by the employers' persistent disregard for their increasing workload," Mr Burke said.  

A full day work stoppage on 6 September and others may follow.  

Members have also authorised on-going 30 minute  work stoppages and work to rule regarding the use of preparation and correction time.  

Emmaus College, Sacred Heart School, St Brendan's College and the Cathedral College are the schools in the Rockhampton Region that have been authorised for Thursday's strike. 



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