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Like workers across the country, employees in our sector continue to be at the mercy of an industrial system which puts all the power firmly in the hands of employers.
There is currently no clearer example than that which confronts our colleagues working at Carinity Education’s four schools in Queensland — an outreach of the Queensland Baptists.
Despite nine months of negotiations for a new collective agreement, a range of protected action undertaken by staff and an employer-driven ballot being voted down, Carinity Education is still able to ignore the concerns of employees and maintain its agenda to cut conditions and create “second-tier” teachers in Queensland.
Our country’s broken industrial laws embolden employers like Carinity Education to maintain a “take it or leave it” approach when it comes to negotiating the working conditions of their employees.
At the meetings held this year, Carinity Education has deliberately sought to antagonise the negotiations by introducing previous positions that were clearly rejected by employees last year when they voted down the employer’s proposed agreement.
Carinity's wish list of cuts
Carinity remains intent on implementing a wish-list of cuts to working conditions including:
- Scrapping top-tier teacher classifications, meaning the most experienced teachers could be earning up to $8,000 less per year than their state and Catholic school counterparts.
- Cuts to current working conditions including superannuation provisions, long service leave and redundancy provisions.
- Significantly increasing the hours of work expected by staff in leadership positions – in turn adding to workload pressures and leading to a greater likelihood of employee burnout.
- Limiting access to community standard leave conditions such as natural disaster leave and domestic violence leave.
Second-tier teachers and cutting conditions
Carinity’s cuts would create second-tiers teacher in Queensland.
As an outreach of the Queensland Baptists, Carinity claims to “provide communities of care, compassion and respect” to those in need, yet is failing to provide any of these things to its staff – Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
Carinity’s cuts to the working conditions of teachers and school support staff will put them behind their counterparts in other Queensland schools but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
Carinity’s cuts would reduce superannuation provisions for its largely female workforce putting their financial futures at risk but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
Carinity’s cuts would deny its staff access to community standard leave provisions including Domestic Violence Leave – an area that Carinity works in and claims to care about yet when it comes to its own workers facing such devastating circumstances, Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
Carinity’s cuts would mean its students’ teachers would be working more for less despite Carinity publicly emphasising the extra support their students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given by school staff but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
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Carinity members taking action
Teachers and school support staff at three of the four Carinity Education schools in Queensland were authorised to stop work again on Tuesday (24 April 2018) to stand up against proposed cuts and changes to working conditions which would see them worse off compared to other educators across the state.
We need to Change The Rules
The total lack of respect and care Carinity seems to have for its teachers and school support staff as well as its clear intention to cut their working conditions had been reinforced at negotiation discussions during which Carinity Education has said it could look to “terminate” the current collective agreement.
Such a move would be unheard of in the education sector in Queensland and would put Carinity Education in the league of Murdoch University which had its collective agreement terminated against the wishes of its staff – forcing them on to the Award and leading to the potential loss of hard fought for working conditions.
That Carinity could contemplate such shameful action is only because Australia’s industrial laws are broken and is a clear example of why we need to change the rules.
How is it fair that their employer can threaten their professional and personal futures so easily?
How it is fair that Carinity can impose these cuts on its staff without regard for the impacts this will have for the quality of education provided to their students?
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