Strike action authorised for Burnett Catholic schools today
OVER 7000 Queensland Catholic school teachers and support staff from 196 Catholic schools across Queensland are authorised to take strike action today (19 November 2019).
The strike action, stopping work for 30 minutes, took place by Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) members from 9:00am this morning.
Here’s the full list of Wide Bay schools authorised to strike:
Shalom College (Bundaberg)
St Joseph’s School (Childers)
St Joseph’s School (Gayndah)
St Mary’s Catholic College (Kingaroy)
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (South Bundaberg)
St Mary’s College (Maryborough)
St Mary’s Primary School (Maryborough)
St Patrick’s Catholic School (Bundaberg West)
St Patrick’s Primary School (Nanango)
Xavier Catholic College (Eli Waters)
Branch Secretary Terry Burke said members from Catholic schools across Queensland were taking the action in order for their voice to be heard on issues related to workload and wage parity.
“The failure of Queensland Catholic school employers to have a plan to deal with the work intensification of their teachers has left our members no other choice but to take this action,” Mr Burke said.
“We need real measures to address this crisis facing our teachers in order to protect the quality of education in our schools.
“It’s the professional and personal lives of our teachers at stake.
“Queensland Catholic school employers can’t continue to bury their head in the sand when it comes to the impacts of workload – for both the staff and their schools.”
Mr Burke also called on the employers not to walk away from a 30 year commitment to wage parity through the provision of a $1250 one-off payment to all school staff.
The strike action is occurring in addition to a range of work bans now authorised in these schools and which remain ongoing across Queensland, including banning attendance at meetings, supervisions and employer requests for data.
“IEUA-QNT members will use the 30 minutes today to discuss what is needed to ensure their voice is heard on these significant issues and whether the campaign needs to escalate further,” Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke could not rule out the possibility of further strike action at this stage.
“Our members want to resolve these matters – it is now in the hands of the employers to do so.
“Failing that, our members will continue their protected action until the issues of workload and wage parity are addressed,” Mr Burke said.
Both South Burnett Catholic schools have been contacted for comment.