Teachers to stop work again over proposed cuts to working conditions
Teachers and support staff working in Carinity Education schools (an outreach of Queensland Baptists) in Brisbane, Gladstone and Hervey Bay will stop work on 24 April 2018 in protest of their employer’s plan to cut working conditions and create second-tier teachers in Queensland.
IEUA-QNT members at Carinity Education Glendyne (Hervey Bay), Carinity Education Southside (Sunnybank, Brisbane) and Carinity Education Gladstone will stop work next Tuesday (24 April 2018) for one (1) hour from 9am-10am.
IEU Organiser Richard Pascoe said school staff, including teachers, in these three authorised schools will not be available for work at this time which includes scheduled classes and that this was the second stop work action taken by members in these schools (the first stop work action took place on 29 November 2017).
“Our members in Carinity schools are being left with no choice but to take this action following over nine months of negotiations during which their employer has remained intent on implementing a wish-list of cuts to working conditions including:
- Scrapping 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.
- Cuts to current working conditions including superannuation provisions, long service leave and redundancy provisions.
- Significantly increasing 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.
- Limiting access to community standard leave conditions such as natural disaster leave and domestic violence leave.
“Carinity’s cuts would create second-tiers teacher in Queensland.
“As an outreach of the Queensland Baptists, Carinity claims to “provide communities of care, compassion and respect” to those in need, yet is failing to provide any of these things to its staff – Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
“Carinity’s cuts to the working conditions of teachers and school support staff will put them behind their counterparts in other Queensland schools but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
“Carinity’s cuts would reduce superannuation provisions for its largely female workforce putting their financial futures at risk but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
“Carinity’s cuts would deny its staff access to community standard leave provisions including Domestic Violence Leave – an area that Carinity works in and claims to care about yet when it comes to its own workers facing such devastating circumstances, Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
“Carinity’s cuts would mean its students’ teachers would be working more for less despite Carinity publicly emphasising the extra support their students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, are given by school staff but Carinity doesn’t seem to care.
Mr Pascoe said the total lack of respect and care for its teachers and school support staff as well as its clear intention to cut their working conditions had been reinforced at negotiation discussions during which Carinity Education has said it could look to “terminate” the current collective agreement.
“Such a move would be unheard of in the education sector in Queensland and would put Carinity Education in the league of Murdoch University which had its collective agreement terminated against the wishes of its staff – forcing them on to the Award and leading to the potential loss of hard fought for working conditions.
“That Carinity could contemplate such shameful action is only because Australia’s industrial laws are broken.
“What Carinity school staff are going through right now is a clear example of why we need to change the rules.
“How is it fair that their employer can threaten their professional and personal futures so easily?
“How it is fair that Carinity can impose these cuts on its staff without regard for the impacts this will have for the quality of education provided to their students? Something is very wrong with this situation.
“Our members are stopping work next week to send a clear message to Carinity that it needs to show it cares by respecting their staff as providers of high quality education and providing them with working conditions to match,” Mr Pascoe said.