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Staff At Local Catholic Schools Strike

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Over 7000 Queensland Catholic school teachers and support staff from 195 Catholic schools across Queensland are set to commence work bans on Thursday, as part of protected industrial action.

195 Queensland Catholic schools are authorised to undertake the work bans, local schools involved are listed below: 

Good Counsel College INNISFAIL, Good Counsel Primary School INNISFAIL, Holy Spirit College CAIRNS, Mother of Good Counsel School CAIRNS NORTH, Our Lady Help of Christians School EARLVILLE, St Francis Xavier's School MANUNDA, St Michael's School GORDONVALE, St Monica's College CAIRNS, St Teresa's School RAVENSHOE.

Ryan Catholic College KIRWAN, Good Shepherd Catholic School RASMUSSEN, St Anthony's Catholic College DEERAGUN, St Joseph's School MUNDINGBURRA, Marian Catholic School CURRAJONG.  

Mercy College MACKAY, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School SARINA, St Catherine’s Catholic College PROSERPINE.

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School NORTH ROCKHAMPTON, Sacred Heart School YEPPOON, St Joseph's School NORTH ROCKHAMPTON, St Mary's School NORTH ROCKHAMPTON,  St Ursula's College YEPPOON, The Cathedral College ROCKHAMPTON.

St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School GLADSTONE, Chanel College GLADSTONE.

Shalom College BUNDABERG, St Joseph’s School CHILDERS, St Mary's Catholic Primary School SOUTH BUNDABERG, St Patrick's Catholic School BUNDABERG WEST.  

Siena Catholic Primary School SIPPY DOWNS, Southern Cross Catholic College REDCLIFFE, St Joseph's Primary School NAMBOUR, St Teresa's Catholic College NOOSAVILLE, Stella Maris School MAROOCHYDORE,  Unity College CALOUNDRA WEST. 

These work bans will take the form of:

Banning attendance at any meeting of staff (except meetings regarding student welfare, and staff and student safety).
Banning duties during scheduled meal breaks.
Banning supervision lessons or cover periods.
Banning playground/transport supervision (with the exception of real safety risks for students).
Banning employer requests for data collection or analysis.
The work bans will proceed following the failure of Catholic school employers to resolve key employee concerns at the latest negotiation meeting held in Brisbane today (6 November 2019).

Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch Secretary Terry Burke said while today’s meeting had seen some progress in addressing insecure work and issues for school support staff, critical employee concerns regarding workload and maintaining wage parity with the state sector remain unresolved.

“At today’s [Thursday] 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,” Mr Burke 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.

“This is at the same time the employers appear to be walking away from maintaining wages aligned with the state sector - putting at risk the 30-year wage parity won by IEUA-QNT members.

"Our members are ready to resolve the negotiations and as such have today tabled a further position which would address these remaining critical employee concerns.

“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.

Mr Burke said strike action could not be ruled out at this stage.

“Taking strike action is an absolute last resort for employees and would only be the result of the failure of Queensland Catholic school employers to address these remaining, significant staff concerns.

A further negotiation meeting with Queensland Catholic school employers is scheduled for Wednesday, 27 November 2019.