Teachers take action at Catholic schools across Fraser Coast
TEACHERS at 195 Catholic schools across Queensland, including those on the Fraser Coast, will take industrial action tomorrow.
The move comes as the dispute continues between teachers and Queensland Catholic school employers regarding workload, insecure work and wage parity with the state sector.
The industrial action will take the form of work bans, including banning staff meetings except if staff or students are at risk, banning duties during scheduled meal breaks, banning supervision lessons or cover periods and banning playground or transport supervision with the exception of real safety risks for students.
Independent Education Union of Australia - Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the protected action had been endorsed by 90% of members who voted.
Mr Burke said despite negotiations starting in March this year, Queensland Catholic school employers had failed to listen to the voice of employees when it came to several issues, including real measures to address the workload and work intensification faced by teachers in Queensland Catholic schools, the widespread prevalence and impact of insecure, contract-based work for both teachers and school support staff in the sector and the need to maintain the 30-year wage parity Queensland Catholic schools have had with the Queensland state sector through the provision of a $1250 one-off payment to all school staff.
In response, The Queensland Catholic Education Commission released a statement saying they were "disappointed" by the union's planned industrial action.
QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said Catholic school communities would be disadvantaged if the strikes went ahead.
"Employers have put forward an offer that includes a 2.5 per cent general wage increase, a generous package of improved benefits for Middle and Senior Leaders and increased pay for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers," Dr Perry said.