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Home > News > 2016 > February > Members in Queensland Catholic schools overwhelmingly vote to escalate campaign

Members in Queensland Catholic schools overwhelmingly vote to escalate campaign

Over 240 Chapters now endorsed to take stop work action
Employees to stop work on 25 February

St_Peters_Rochedale.jpgQueensland Catholic school employees have overwhelmingly voted to escalate their campaign by endorsing the latest protected action ballot.

This is the strongest message yet to the employers that employees will no longer tolerate the employers’ continued indifference when it comes to employees’ legitimate concerns over increasing workloads and inequitable wages.

With the results of the recent employee protected action ballot declared by the Australian Electoral Commission on 10 February, there are now over 8620 members in 242 Catholic schools across Queensland authorised to take some form of stop work protected action in support of employees’ legitimate claims in this round of collective bargaining.

Over 7890 members in 206 Queensland Catholic schools have endorsed the new protected actions in the form of full day work stoppages and a delay in responding to work emails (except for emails which deal with a genuine health or safety matter for employees or students or child protection matters). A limited number of Chapters have also, at their request, now endorsed bans on extra-curricular activities – these Chapters will be notified of this authorisation by their designated organiser.

Click here to view a list of all Chapters authorised to take the new protected actions in the form of email bans and full day work stoppages. Only if your Chapter is included on this list are you authorised to take the new protected actions.

In total, 85% of those members who voted endorsed the new protected action ballot.

Unfortunately, the onerous nature of the provisions of the Act, whereby 50% of members needed to vote for the ballot to be valid, means that members in some Chapters have been denied the opportunity to take the additional protected actions in the form of email bans and full day work stoppages.

Members should note that the results of the new ballot do not affect the protected actions already being undertaken by authorised Chapters (including those who have endorsed the new protected actions). The bans continue in relation to work and meetings, and members can continue their badge wearing.

The new protected action of the email bans will commence from Monday 22 February. Members authorised to take stop work actions – whether full day, one hour or half hour – will do so on Thursday 25 February.


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