Langports, Learn the 3Rs
In May, Langports English College in Brisbane became the first employer in the Queensland Education sector to lock teachers out without pay, simply for taking protected industrial action.
Independent Education Union (IEU) members have been forced to take protected industrial action (by wearing badges, wearing denim and stopping work for 30 minutes) because Langports refuses to address key bargaining issues:
- Fair wage increases;
- Paid marking and preparation time for casuals; and
- access to the independent umpire to settle disputes.
The message members are sending to Langports is clear: learn the 3Rs
- Recognise the contribution of teaching staff in providing quality education
- Respect employees by listening to their fair bargaining claims
- Reward teachers with fair remuneration and working conditions
Members have been negotiating with the employer for the past 14 months; it's time for Langports to address teachers' reasonable bargaining claims and learn the 3Rs.
Click here to read the latest update on the Langports campaign, which is continuing through conferences in the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
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Locked out again
On Tuesday, 28 May 2019 IEU members were locked out by Langports again - this time for 3.5 days.
It was the second time in less than a week that members were locked out without pay for taking action in support of their fair industrial claims.
Members were left them feeling frustrated and undervalued by their employer.
IEU Growth Organiser Cherie Wills said the lockout not only caused financial and emotional stress for the teachers affected, but it also disrupted students learning.
“The employer lockout is so unprecedented in comparison to the protected action being taken by IEU members such as badge wearing and a 30 minute stop work action,”
“The employer needs to put its teachers and students first, drop the lock out, and resume negotiations that reflect a genuine regard for their employees key concerns.”
Community rallies around locked out teachers
On Friday 24 May, our union rallied alongside the community and other unions to support members at Langports English College who were locked out of their workplace for wearing union badges.