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Home > News > 2017 > March > Flash flooding and severe weather - advice to members

Flash flooding and severe weather - advice to members

rain.jpegAs much of the South East Queensland corner confronts flash flooding and severe weather, our union would like to remind members of relevant Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave available to them under their collective agreements. 

Emergency & Natural Disaster Leave provisions can be found in the collective agreements that apply to Queensland Catholic (Clause 6.10), Anglican (Clause 16.46) and Lutheran (Clause 7.10) schools as well as some independent schools. 

Whether your collective agreement contains such a Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave provision or not, the principles of the Catholic collective agreement provision are very sound and fundamentally, should you have safety concerns for your family or property given the current situation, you should remain at home and advise your school accordingly. 

In the Catholic sector provision employees can access this leave where they are prevented from attending their workplace due to natural disaster or emergency such as flooding, cyclonic disturbances or severe storms.

This leave allows employees to ensure the safety of themselves, their family and their property. 

This also applies should you be unable to travel to and from your home or workplace due to flooding.

Click here to download a copy of the Emergency and Natural Disaster Leave provision for Queensland Catholic school employees.

Employees in Catholic and Lutheran schools have access to up to five days of paid leave, while Anglican school employees have access to up to three days of paid leave

Members in all other schools, should refer to their collective agreement via our website to confirm whether such provisions are in place for their workplace

Any issues faced by members in regard to the employer providing paid leave in the current circumstances will be dealt with by our union in the new week.

Please do not hesitate to contact our union should you require further advice not available on the website and within relevant collective agreements. 

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