Evocca College sackings condemned
The recent sacking of at least 200 Evocca College staff including IEUA-QNT members from across Australia has been condemned.
Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the sackings, and the likely closure of a number of the college’s campuses, were shameful and came with no warning to employees or our union as their industrial representative.
“The cold-hearted manner in which these staff were told they no longer have a job, and with no consultation to them or their representatives, highlights just how merciless employers in this sector can be,” Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke said the manner in which the sackings had taken place was particularly shameful and showed the employers total lack of respect for its employees.
“Our union was not notified of the decision, nor were we afforded an opportunity to discuss the changes proposed with our members,” Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke said when it comes to the working rights and conditions in Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) such as Evocca College these are notoriously volatile.
“Unfortunately for our members working in the sector, including those at Evocca College, this terrible situation only reinforces the importance of their membership,” Mr Burke said.
Our union is now working with members at the College to ensure the employer meets its obligations to employees and to strengthen employees' collective voice when it comes to protecting their working rights and conditions.