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Home > Campaigns > Bargaining with One Voice - Queensland Catholic Schools

Bargaining with One Voice - Queensland Catholic Schools

Update for all QLD Catholic school members: 27 November 2019

Advice from employer representatives at yesterday’s Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) meeting that the employing authorities are prepared to give further consideration to their bargaining positions is welcome.

The employing authority representatives confirmed they are seeking an agreement satisfactory to all parties as a total package, mindful of their “capacity as employers”.

Employee representatives emphasised to employer representatives that the further consideration from employers must include:

  • a meaningful intervention into workload and work intensification;
  • the level and scope of the one-off payment;
  • a commitment to backpay; 
  • middle leader issues; and,
  • school counsellor rates of pay.

Ballot and backpay in employers’ hands

It is an employer decision when, and in what terms, to conduct a ballot (and to make any back payment on offer).

Employing authorities did not advise that they intended to conduct a ballot.

Our union respects the right of all employees to vote in a ballot on any proposed agreement to determine whether it is accepted or not.

Time to look to the future, not the past

Queensland Catholic employers seemingly want to focus on the past with their latest briefing to staff asserting that they never threatened to "lock out" employees. 

While union members want to move on and resolve the negotiations, it is important the employers' misrepresentations are addressed.

Read the full details here of the employers' actions and the requirements of the Fair Work Act 2009.  

Work bans suspended

IEUA-QNT Chapters agreed to lift the protected action work bans effective at 5pm Tuesday, 26 November 2019.

Employer representatives advised that with the suspension of the work bans they would not be issuing the notices under section 471(4) of the Fair Work Act 2009. 

The notices would have meant that an employee undertaking a work ban would have had their wage withheld until the bans ceased and employers would have refused to accept the performance of any work by the employee until the bans ceased.

The bans were lifted ahead of our intention to make application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for assistance in the negotiations in order to explore further ways to address the concerns of employees and employers.

The FWC process asks each party to be prepared to give further consideration to their existing positions. 

Employing authorities have now indicated that they are prepared to give further consideration to their current position.  

We will therefore hold in abeyance our application to the FWC.

Next steps

Employee representatives have proposed a further urgent SBU meeting be held on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

Employer representatives have indicated that they would give consideration to a further meeting date once they have consulted with the employing authorities.

Members will be sent a further briefing in the new week to provide an update before the end of the school year.

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Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.