Teachers strike, demand pay rise
ST MARY’S Primary School will be disrupted by strike action for the second time in six months as Catholic education teachers demand a pay rise.
Catholic Education Office Diocese of Toowoomba director John Borserio said parents of St Mary’s pupils who are able to keep children at home during the strike on Wednesday should do so as there will only be limited supervision for parents who can’t find care.
St Patrick’s at Allora will offer a modified program with all pupils able to attend school, and all other schools in the region will have a normal program.
Under the recent proposal by Catholic employers, unions claim teachers in Catholic schools would still be some of the lowest paid in Australia in the non-government sector.
Mr Borserio said the proposed industrial action would have
minimal impact on teaching.
“The salary and conditions package we have offered is fair and responsible; the teachers received a 4.5 per cent increase paid from May last year, and under the current increase a further 4 per cent in July this year followed by a further 4 per cent by July 2011,” Mr Borserio said.
Mr Borserio said teachers wanted equity with teachers in other states and this was not affordable given the level of government funding and the amount parents contributed.
St Mary’s, Warwick – supervision program only.
Assumption College, Warwick – normal program.
St Patrick’s, Allora – modified program.
St Joseph’s, Stanthorpe – normal operation.
St Francis de Sales, Clifton – normal program.
St Maria Goretti, Inglewood – normal program.
A meeting will be held for the teachers taking action at the Criterion Hotel at 9.30am on Wednesday.