More than 7000 Queensland teachers and support staff from 195 Catholic schools will today commence work bans after failing to negotiate with employers over workload and wage parity. Source: Brisbane Times.
This will include banning staff meeting attendance, duties during scheduled meal breaks, supervision lessons or cover periods, playground/transport supervision (with the exception of safety risks for students) and employer requests for data collection or analysis.
A teacher strike has been avoided after a meeting yesterday between the Independent Education Union of Australia and Catholic school employers but the work bans would go ahead.
IEUA Queensland and Northern Territory branch secretary Terry Burke said there had been some progress but not enough to stop all industrial action.
“At [yesterday’s] meeting, Queensland Catholic school employers did table a proposed settlement and while employees noted some changes in the employer position, it still fell short of what employees would see as necessary, at a minimum, to resolve these negotiations,” he said.
“Those areas being real measures to address teacher workload and maintaining the 30-year wage parity with the state sector through the provision of a $1250 one-off payment to all school staff.
“On the matter of workload, the employers simply want to use current structures to ‘address’ the most major issue facing our teachers – yet it is these very structures that have failed to deal with the problem.
“From an employee perspective, to simply keep the status quo when it comes to addressing the issue of workload would be a grossly inadequate response when the ordinary teacher is experiencing on any ordinary day extraordinary demands to undertake tasks in the inadequate time provided.”
Mr Burke said a further position to address critical employee concerns had been tabled.
“The onus is now on the employers to finalise these negotiations and until they do so, the work bans authorised to take place in 195 Queensland Catholic schools will continue,” he said.
A further negotiation meeting with Queensland Catholic school employers is scheduled for November 27.
Queensland Catholic school teachers to impose work bans on Thursday (Brisbane Times)
Work bans start at Catholic schools as part of industrial action (The Courier-Mail)