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Home > News > 2018 > June > Baptist Church outreach Carinity continues to act like a corporation

Baptist Church outreach Carinity continues to act like a corporation

IMG_5141.jpgDespite attempts by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to aid negotiations, Carinity Education remains intent on cutting wages and working conditions.

Employee and employer representatives met at a FWC conference in Brisbane on 6 June 2018; however, the employer’s intransigence and refusal to listen to the legitimate concerns of members meant that very limited progress was made.

Members in Carinity’s four schools (Brisbane South, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Gladstone) have been negotiating with the employer for nearly a year.

Following the FWC conference, the employer announced its intention to go to ballot on 17 July with an inferior collective agreement.

Under this proposed agreement, the employer aims to:

  • reduce Long Service Leave;
  • reduce Redundancy provisions;
  • reduce the Superannuation Co-contribution;
  • remove Senior Teacher and Experienced Teacher classifications; and
  • remove the First Aid Allowance.

Employees have continually rejected these attacks. They have voted down a previous employer ballot on an inferior agreement and taken part in protected industrial action stop works held in April this year and November last year.

Despite this, the employer has continued on its path to create second-tier teachers in our sector and completely undermine the wages and working conditions that IEUA-QNT members have built over many years.

IEUA-QNT Organiser Richard Pascoe said members have been urged to VOTE NO in the upcoming ballot and send a clear message to Carinity – an outreach of Queensland Baptists.

“This offer would see further cuts to existing conditions that would put Carinity employees far below industry standards; members can and must say no to this attack,” Mr Pascoe said.

“This offer is worse than the offer employees rejected last year. It proposes pay rises to employees that may look attractive to some categories of employees, but these percentage increases are wiped out by the losses to conditions that also have a financial value.

“Members stand to lose up to thousands of dollars in lost long service leave, superannuation and allowance entitlements over the life of this proposed, substandard agreement.

“Overall, employees would be left seriously worse off under the Carinity proposal.”

Mr Pascoe said the broken industrial rules that members were forced to bargain under had allowed Carinity to persist with such outrageous attacks on conditions.

“The situation facing members in Carinity schools is an all too glaring example of industrial rules that give all the power to employers and allow them to say to employees, ‘Take it or leave it.’”

“It’s time to change our industrial rules so that employees like those at Carinity are not subjected to harmful attacks on their wages and conditions.”

Read more about Carinity negotiations on our website.

Find out more about the Change The Rules campaign here

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.