Carinity intent on cutting conditions
Carinity Education – an outreach of Queensland Baptists – has repeatedly shown itself to be intent on attacking working conditions in our sector.
Despite two previous employer-proposed agreements being voted down and staff undertaking protected industrial action, Carinity has refused to budge on significant cuts to conditions – including long service leave and superannuation co-contribution.
At a Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) meeting this week, the employer reiterated its position on long service leave and super cuts, ignoring calls from members to reconsider, and also sought to require further qualifications of those in school officer and youth worker roles.
Carinity Education Southside teacher and SBU representative Catherine Vero said voting no in the ballot showed staff will not sit back and accept an inferior collective agreement and provided members with confidence to continue to negotiate for fair and equitable conditions.
“We have always maintained that our desires are not grandiose; we want to be treated fairly, with respect and acknowledged for the role we play in the care and wellbeing of our students,” Ms Vero said.
Members to stop work again
Carinity members authorised to take industrial action will participate in a four hour stop work on Thursday, 30 August 2018.
IEUA-QNT organiser Richard Pascoe said Carinity Education has underestimated the resilience of its employees.
“Our members have been empowered to stand together and fight for respect.
“Their collective action highlights that even members working for a small independent school group can stand up for their rights.
“Enhancements to wages and conditions can only exist through collective action and the hard work of union members to achieve and protect these conditions.”
Carinity empowered by industrial laws
Mr Pascoe said Carinity was displaying some of the most shameful behaviour our union had seen from an employer during negotiations, but that it was empowered to do so by current industrial laws.
“The employer is refusing to listen to employees and refusing to acknowledge the industry standard entitlements that qualified and dedicated school staff expect,” Mr Pascoe said.
In previous negotiations, the employer had made threats to “terminate” the current collective agreement, which would force employees on to Award conditions – the minimum standard.
“That Carinity could contemplate such shameful action is only because Australia’s industrial laws are broken.
“Employers can continue to ignore employee concerns, legally under Australia’s current industrial laws.
“These laws must change if we are ever to achieve fairness,” Mr Pascoe said.
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