SPEAKS UP: Karyl Young is hoping her employers higher up listen to what the teachers have to say about wages and workload increases.
SPEAKS UP: Karyl Young is hoping her employers higher up listen to what the teachers have to say about wages and workload increases. Allan Reinikka Rokateacher

Teachers take a stand for wages and happy medium

FOR ROCKHAMPTON'S Karyl Young teaching is no longer a seven hour job, it's a 24/7 one.

Today, Karyl and other local members of the Independant Education Union took their teaching hats off for two hours to hold a stop work rally and voice their concerns over their wages and work intensification.

Karyl, an Emmaus College teacher, said the union had been fighting for changes for the last seven months.

"We have genuine concerns that our employers aren't listening to us but we are continuing to prepare to fight for the issues we see are important," she said.

"The two key concerns are wages and work intensification. The wage offer our employers offered us was 2.5%, that's what state school teachers in Queensland received, they believed it was a reasonable offer but they said they could afford to pay us more.

"We're asking for wages similar to catholic school teachers in NSW, an experienced teacher in Qld receives $6900 less than a teacher in NSW but we're doing exact the same job."

Karyl said in her 30 years she'd been teaching, she had never worked harder than what she does now.

"Technology has increased the workload of teachers significantly and our planning and correction time has not increased since 1993 so it's about getting more of a life work balance," she said.

"I've been in the system for over 30 years and I work harder now than I did as a first year. Parents expect more and email constantly so the communication channels have increased. Students email you at all hours of the night and sometimes expect a reply before the next day.

"Plus it's all about keeping our younger teachers in the job and not burning them out. At the moment we feel burnt out and we don't feel cared for."



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