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Home > News > 2016 > December > Members forced to consider protected industrial action as C&K maintains attack on conditions

Members forced to consider protected industrial action as C&K maintains attack on conditions

C&K maintains attack on superannuation entitlements
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C&K members are being forced to give consideration to protected industrial action aimed at their employer to protect quality early childhood education.

C&K representatives have again at last week's SBU sought to undermine quality early childhood education with the continued employer claim to remove superannuation co-contribution and the rejection of quality time for Directors to sustain quality education in their centres.

This is a campaign to protect quality early childhood education even if C&K don't understand their responsibilities to children in their care.

A further SBU meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday (7 December 2016).

If C&K continue their current position then members will be forced to consider protected industrial action.

The ongoing member campaign is about quality early childhood education and the protected action would be aimed squarely at the employer's operations.

The education of the children would not be affected with normal services maintained as usual; however, C&K would come to understand what the absence of release time for Directors means with bans on C&K's myriad of burdensome directives.

The onus is on C&K at this week's SBU to take positions which strengthen quality education. Early childhood educators will not stand by and see quality education undermined.

C&K continues attack on working conditions

At last week’s SBU meeting C&K remained steadfast in their determination to cut the existing superannuation entitlements of their employees.

C&K have also refused to consider any additional paid time for Directors to perform their associated duties including an IEUA-QNT proposal for a working party to be formed in 2017 to investigate and consider the role of the Director.

Member industrial action to protect quality education

The bargaining meeting which is scheduled for this Wednesday gives C&K the opportunity to adopt positions which support quality education and recognise the value of their staff.

Unless there is a change in C&K’s attitude, 2017 will see members forced to consider carefully targeted protected industrial action as outlined above in order to protect quality early childhood education.

Such action would be designed to have no impact on children, their education or their families. It would solely target C&K as the employer in order to highlight the harm their current positions have to the quality of education provided in C&K Branch Centres.

Early childhood education teachers and assistants will not stand by and see quality education undermined.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.