Carinity continues attack on status of teachers
Carinity Education, an outreach of Queensland Baptists which runs four schools across Queensland, has continued its attack on the status of teachers.
Members have been negotiating with the employer for a replacement collective agreement since July last year.
Despite protected action and a strong message from members, the employer has continued to pursue cuts to entitlements and the capping of teacher wages at a rate significantly less than other schools.
Based on the most recent offer, the employer is seeking to:
- ignore the claim for access to wages similar to those enjoyed by teachers in other sectors, instead proposing to cap staff at a rate close to $8,000 per annum less than their colleagues;
- ignore concerns around the hours of duty for teachers;
- reduce long service leave from 1.3 weeks accrual each year to 1 week per year;
- remove superannuation co-contributions entirely from the agreement;
- ignore legitimate claims for domestic violence and natural disaster leave;
- reduce access to the first aid allowance.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson said Carinity Education’s actions were not just an attack on the conditions of its staff but also an attack on the status of teachers in the profession.
“Teachers are highly trained and highly skilled professionals; they exercise critical professional judgements and enhance students’ lives through quality learning.
“Teachers must be remunerated at a level that recognises that professionalism.”
“Carinity Education’s proposal devalues the work of teachers.
“Members have strongly rejected these attacks and their colleague members within our union stand alongside them in solidarity.”
Ms Sisson said employers like Carinity Education were increasingly emboldened to attack working conditions due to Australia’s broken industrial rules which have made it easy for employers to cancel agreements, avoid bargaining and constrain employee actions.
“Members in Carinity schools have been strong in the face of attacks on their conditions. They have sent a clear message that they will not accept substandard working conditions.
“But it is time for our industrial rules to change. Workers need more power to bargain effectively with their employers and must have access to greater protections from attacks on their wages and conditions.”
Read more about Carinity Education collective bargaining at www.qieu.asn.au/carinity