Catholic employers oppose protected action ballot proposals
Lack of respect again shown to employees
Queensland Catholic school employing authorities have shown a further lack of respect for their employees with their decision to try to prevent employees having the democratic right to have formal ballots to allow members to take protected industrial action in support of their claims.
Employing authorities filed a submission in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) hearing held yesterday to have the FWC refuse formal ballots to authorise protected industrial action.
Having failed to understand and listen to the legitimate employee claims in this round of negotiations, employers have left employees no choice but to consider protected industrial action. Now the employers seek to stop employees from undertaking this lawful action in order for their legitimate claims to be heard and addressed.
Employer objection hypocritical
The employers' action in seeking to stop employees taking protected action is hypocritical at best after their continued statements that employees have a right to take protected industrial action. The reality is that when faced with employees wanting to exercise their industrial rights, the employers are advocating on a contrived technical point to prevent them from doing so.
Essentially, the employers are arguing that balloting the 290 schools individually who have indicated they wish to undertake a formal ballot to consider protected action is impermissible under the Act.
This is a desperate and artificial attempt by the employers to prevent employees from exercising their industrial rights given the employers accepted separate school ballots in the last round of collective bargaining.
Employers desperate tactics show lack of respect
That the employers have resorted to such a last-minute desperate attempt to stop employees using their industrial rights clearly shows the lack of respect they have for their employees.
The employers’ failure to understand or listen to employees’ legitimate claims was already unacceptable.
To seek to deny employees the opportunity to exercise their industrial rights in support of these claims shows the employers’ lack of respect for their employees in this process.
The employees’ application to the Fair Work Commission was heard at noon yesterday (Thursday 6 August). The Commissioner's decision will be handed down on Monday morning and members will be informed of the outcome.