Teachers at 55 Hunter Catholic schools in NSW are preparing to take industrial action over what they claim is an attack on their working conditions, reports the ABC.
Independent Education Union members will be asked to endorse rolling stoppages before the end of the current school term. Ballots will be mailed out to teachers and support staff from this Friday and they have until June 16 to vote on proposed industrial action.
Local union organiser Therese Fitzgibbon says staff are upset with a new enterprise agreement, that will erode conditions they fought hard to win. 'It includes taking away regulations around things like class sizes and face-to-face teaching, right through to the removal of a 30-minute lunchbreak,' she said.
'Probably the most bizarre thing about the agreement is that it proposes to remove all assistant principals and co-ordinators with no explanation about who will perform this work and that also can effectively lead to a significant pay cut.'
Ms Fitzgibbon says it has been more than ten years since teachers and support staff have taken action over salaries and working conditions in Catholic schools.
FULL STORY Catholic school teachers consider strike action (ABC)