Queensland Catholic Employees provide detailed claims; Employers fail to table claim
Catholic employers have once more failed to provide a definitive date as to when they will table their log of claims – further delaying the ability of employees to negotiate a replacement collective agreement.
Employee representatives tabled detailed claims at the Diocesan Schools and Religious Institute Schools Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) Meetings, held 28 and 29 April, respectively.
Employer representatives stated that they hoped to table their log of claims in the “near future” – providing no real certainty for employees other than a continued delay in the negotiation process.
This ongoing delay by the employers comes despite employees already providing their full log of claims to the employer representatives over four weeks ago.
Response to detailed claims sought
While the employers are yet to put forward any claims, employee representatives tabled a detailed list of 40 proposed clauses after members identified in their log of claims a sadly long list of matters employers have left unattended and issues with recent employer practices seeking to minimise their responsibilities to their employees. These clauses covered conditions related to: classification and allowances; leave entitlements; recognition of family responsibilities; and measures to address the expanding roles and duties of employees.
Employees now await response from the employers to the employees’ elaborated log of claims which was developed with due care and consideration well in advance of the first SBU meeting.
Employers lack of position leaves wage claim in limbo
In the absence of an employer log of claims it is difficult for employees to properly assess the quantum of a wage claim which would be appropriate. This delay by employers means the ability to negotiate future wage increases remains uncertain.
Next meetings confirmed
The next round of SBU meetings will take place on Tuesday 12 May (Religious Institute Schools) and Wednesday 13 May (Diocesan Schools). Given the significant work undertaken by members and employee representatives to date in preparing for these negotiations, it is hoped the same level of respect and regard is given by employer representatives by way of the provision of some or all of their claims.