Teachers strike again as employer continues pursuit of cuts
Teachers and school support staff at three of the four Carinity Education schools in Queensland were authorised to stop work again on Tuesday (24 April 2018) to stand up against proposed cuts and changes to working conditions which would see them worse off compared to other educators across the state.
IEU members including teachers and school support staff stopped work for one hour from 9-10am and were not available for work, including scheduled classes.
This is the second stop work action taken by members in these schools (the first stop work action took place on 29 November 2017) and comes as Carinity continues to push for its staff to have lesser conditions than their contemporaries across the Queensland education sector.
Independent Education Union organiser Richard Pascoe said members working in Carinity’s schools had done the sums and, despite employer comments to the contrary, know that under the current employer proposal they will be worse off.
“Carinity has a wish list of cuts and other changes to conditions that effectively mean teachers and school support staff would be working under substandard conditions to their counterparts in the majority of schools across the state.
“Instead of showing care, compassion and respect, Carinity Education is acting like a big corporation, rather than one founded on the beliefs of the Baptist Church.
“Carinity’s ability to ignore the concerns of members and its claims to be “negotiating in good faith” are hypocritical at best.
“This includes Carinity’s refusal to provide the community standard of 10 days’ Domestic Violence Leave to all staff.
“Our members are bewildered that an organisation with such a positive position as a Church on supporting victims of domestic violence would want to deny their own employees a level of support regarding this issue.
“Carinity’s claims that no conditions will be cut are also incorrect – their proposal clearly includes cuts to current superannuation provisions, long service leave and redundancy provisions.
“They have even acknowledged wanting to remove current super co-contribution provisions.
“That’s a cut to conditions – pure and simple.
“Carinity’s actions and attitudes are unfortunately only reinforced by Australia’s current broken industrial laws.
“Here we have the clearest example in the Queensland education sector of the fact that when it comes to working conditions, all the power currently sits with employers.
“Our members want to be doing what they do best – educating their students.
“However they will not sit back and let anyone, including their employer, put that at risk – that’s why members are taking action today.
“Carinity needs to show that it cares by scrapping its current proposal and coming to the table with quality conditions that recognise the quality teaching and work of its staff,” Mr Pascoe said.
Read more at the campaign website, www.showyoucare.com.au