Bargaining with One Voice - Queensland Catholic Schools
Negotiations & member campaign continues in 2020
Employers respond to one issue; many remain unresolved
At the last negotiation meeting in December 2019, employers tabled a revised position on the matter of workload consultation.
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.
Work bans suspended
Last year, 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.
We will continue to meet until agreement finalised
IEUA-QNT members are to be commended for their collective actions in 2019.
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