Carinity Education employees to stop work action after rejecting employer agreement
Teachers and support staff working in Carinity Education schools in Brisbane, Gladstone and Hervey Bay will stop work today (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) as part of protected industrial action following their rejection of an employer agreement which would have stripped their working conditions.
IEUA-QNT members at Carinity Education Glendyne (Hervey Bay), Carinity Education Southside (Sunnybank, Brisbane) and Carinity Education Gladstone will stop work this morning (29 November) for one (1) hour from 9am-10am.
Employees, including teachers, in these three authorised schools will not be available for work at this time which includes scheduled classes.
The stop work action is part of ongoing protected industrial action being undertaken by IEUA-QNT members at the three schools and comes a day after employees voted no to a proposed employer agreement which would have:
- Scrapped top-tier teacher classifications, meaning the most experienced teachers could be earning up to $8,000 less per year than their state and Catholic school counterparts.
- Stripped conditions from the current collective agreement, including job share, redundancy provisions and access to the First Aid allowance for school support staff.
- Significantly increased the hours of work expected by staff in leadership positions – in turn adding to workload pressures and leading to a greater likelihood of employee burnout.
- Limited employees’ access to contemporary leave conditions such as natural disaster leave and domestic violence leave.
IEUA-QNT Organiser Richard Pascoe said Carinity Education employees had sent a clear message to the employer by voting the proposed agreement down at ballot.
"For months now, Carinity Education staff have been clear to their employer that they do not want to work under sub-standard conditions and be treated as second-tier education employees,” Mr Pascoe said.
"The results of the employer ballot reaffirm this, and so too does the protected action members are taking tomorrow.
"Given the result of the ballot, the onus is now very clearly on Carinity Education to come back to the bargaining table with an enhanced position.
"Carinity Education must respect their staff as providers of high quality education and provide them with working conditions to match,” Mr Pascoe said.
"The stop work action comes amidst ongoing protected action by staff in the three schools including bans on certain duties and meetings."
Mr Pascoe said while IEUA-QNT members did not take the stop work action lightly, the employer’s determination to make cuts to their working conditions had left them no choice but to take the action.
For the latest updates on Carinity Education collective bargaining click here.