Wage dispute heading to Fair Work Commission

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and the Independent Education Union will head to the Fair Work Commission for resolution after negotiations failed (Bigstock)

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission and teaching staff have failed to find a resolution to a dispute over work conditions and payment. Source: Sunshine Coast Daily.

The parties are now headed to the Fair Work Commission for a resolution.

The Independent Education Union has described as shameful advice to teachers from the Education Commission that they would be stood down without pay if they failed to complete all rostered duties on any day.

The union’s Queensland and Northern Territory branch secretary Terry Burke has accused the employees of invoking section 471 (4) of the Fair Work Act, which would have seen them stood down without pay until the matter was settled.

Mr Burke said union members, frustrated at the pace of negotiation on key issues relating to work load, voted this week to seek assistance from the Fair Work Commission.

Bans were subsequently suspended at 5pm yesterday.

The Commission's QCEC executive director, Lee-Anne Perry, said employers were not preventing staff from coming to work and respected their staff's right to take protected industrial action.

“What employers have said is that if negotiations are not finalised or the union does not lift current work bans, then employers intend to exercise their right under the Fair Work Act to withhold payment for days when employees don’t carry out their full duties,” Dr Perry said in a statement.

“Employers remain committed to giving employees an opportunity to appropriately vote on a proposed agreement as soon as possible that provides fair and reasonable conditions that keep Queensland Catholic education sustainable and accessible our families.”

She said the latest offer would mean graduate teachers would start on a salary of $71,833, increasing with experience and proficiency to a maximum of $128,140.

Dr Perry said the offer would expire today to encourage the timely resolution of negotiations with the union by the end of the school year.


School wage fight reaches ultimatum (Sunshine Coast Daily)

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