Catholic schools are not ruling out further industrial action after teachers stopped work for two hours yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph.
Staff at 23 Broken Bay Diocese schools went on strike from 9am, including eight on Sydney's northern beaches, protesting against their employer’s proposed conditions in a new enterprise agreement.
Independent Education Union (IEU) general secretary John Quessy said the stop work meeting had been 'very successful' with 2000 members rallying across the state including 700 in Sydney, 250 in Gymea and 150 in Wyong.
'Hopefully this action will be enough to change their (the employer’s) minds, but if not our members have vowed to continue the fight,' Mr Quessy said. 'There will be more stop-work days this year unless we make significant progress, so hopefully common sense will prevail.'
But Greg McKay, employment relations manager at the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Broken Bay, said that the industrial action had not changed their position. Mr McKay said that 'everything' was up for consultation and negotiation in the 130-page discussion document.
'We are trying to resolve the issues between us and we are always ready to sit down and hold good faith discussions,' he said. 'While some changes are proposed in the draft document there is no intention to reduce the overall conditions of employment for teachers or to reduce their pay. There are no changes (at this stage) because nothing has been agreed.'
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