Members in Catholic schools overwhelmingly endorse protected action ballot application
90% of Chapters across the state have overwhelmingly endorsed an application to the Fair Work Commission for formal ballots to allow protected industrial action in support of the employee claims.
On this basis an application to the Commission has now been sought for a formal ballot of members in 290 Queensland Catholic schools.
The ballot will enable members to allow protected action to be taken by members who wish to do so given the employing authorities failure to understand and listen to the legitimate employee claims.
Employee claims not understood nor listened to
The message given to employee representatives at the Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) meetings is that the employing authorities have failed to understand and listen to the legitimate employee claims.
It is time for the employers to recognise employees’ legitimate concerns by listening to and considering their claims, and to respect and reward the professionalism and contribution of Queensland Catholic school employees.
Formal ballot application
Last week’s member ballot saw Chapters across the state reject the employers’ failure to understand and listen to their legitimate claims.
The application to the Fair Work Commission seeks a formal ballot of members in the 290 schools by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to allow protected industrial action including wearing campaign badges or clothing; banning certain work meetings; banning specified duties; and undertaking work stoppages.
The Commission’s decision regarding the approval of this formal ballot is anticipated by the end of the week. At this time members should ensure our union has their current contact details. These can be updated via the member area on our website.
It is regrettable that the employing authorities failure to understand and listen to the legitimate employee claims has left employees no choice but to consider protected industrial action.
Members have made it clear they will not accept any agreement which ignores employees’ legitimate concerns, places them at financial disadvantage and fails to address real work issues. They have also made it clear they are prepared to take protected industrial action to have their claims recognised and addressed by the employers.