Catholic school teachers to stop work tomorrow in Queensland

Over 7,500 Catholic school union members in over 180 schools across Queensland are authorised to stop work at the start of the school day tomorrow.

Independent Education Union of Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the action will be taken by teachers and other school staff who will not be available for work between 8:30am and 10:30am which includes scheduled classes.

Mr Burke said legislation does not require employees to inform their employer that they are taking the action meaning it will be the responsibility of the employers to undertake necessary provisions for the supervision of students during this time.

"This will be the fifth time Queensland Catholic school employees have taken stop work action as their employers continue to reject serious employee concerns about increasing workloads and inequitable wages,"
Mr Burke said.

"Our members are committed to providing a rich school experience, but they need adequate time to focus on their core role of educating their students," he said.

"Current Queensland Catholic school teacher workload arrangements have been the same since 1992.

"The employers seem set on keeping their teachers working under these outdated conditions which fail to recognise that teachers' roles have evolved and expanded over the last 20 years.

"Longstanding wage inequities also continue for employees despite comparable school funding and fees between NSW and Queensland Catholic schools.

"It's untenable that experienced teachers at the top automatic step in Queensland Catholic schools are currently paid $6,792 less a year simply because of their postcode," Mr Burke said.

Rockhampton teacher and IEUA-QNT member Karyl Young said employees had been left no choice but to take further industrial action in their schools given the continued failure of Queensland Catholic school employers to show they care about these serious issues in their schools.

"We are taking this action because we care about the working conditions which enable us to provide high quality education to students in Queensland Catholic schools," Ms Young said.

"It's time Queensland Catholic school employers showed that they care too," she said.

Mr Burke said a further negotiating meeting would take place between employees and employers tomorrow just after the stop work action by members.

"The onus is now on the employers to resolve these negotiations and show that they care about their employees and the quality of education provided in Queensland Catholic schools," Mr Burke said.

*Please see attached fact sheets regarding continued wage inequities for experience teachers and term time school support staff in Queensland Catholic schools.

Key Facts and Figures

Over 7,500 Catholic school union members in over 180 schools across Queensland are authorised to stop work at the start of the school day tomorrow.

Independent Education Union of Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the action will be taken by teachers and other school staff who will not be available for work between 8:30am and 10:30am which includes scheduled classes.
 



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