NSW Catholic teachers to stop work over class sizes

Class sizes dispute

Teachers from 200 Catholic schools across NSW will strike today and tomorrow over concerns that class sizes could increase while resources are lost under a new employment agreement, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Higher duty allowances would be stripped, class size restrictions scrapped, sick leave reduced and meal breaks taken away under a new employment proposition from Catholic employers, the NSW Independent Education Union (IEU) says.

'Our members have overwhelming endorsed stop-work action ... it’s probably 1.5 per cent who voted against it,' NSW IEU general secretary John Quessy said yesterday.

Teachers are already stretched, said Mr Quessy, and taking away resources, such as teachers’ assistants, while increasing class sizes would 'remove the safety net.'

Tomorrow Catholic school teachers and IEU members from Sydney and the Central Coast will stop work for three hours from the start of the school day.

Their colleagues in Parramatta, Penrith, the Blue Mountains and the Hills district will take the same action on Wednesday. But Mr Quessy said schools would still be staffed.


Teachers from 200 schools in Sydney and Central Coast to strike over class sizes (The Daily Telegraph)

Catholic schools to stop work on Wednesday (Daily Examiner)

Catholic teachers to walk off job (Daily Advertiser)

Catholic school teachers to stop work (Blacktown Sun)