Broken rules fuel frustration
Carinity Education has continued to show a complete lack of care for staff as it attempts to push a sub-standard collective agreement that would see staff working more, for less.
Members in Carinity schools – an outreach of Queensland Baptists – were forced to resort to a second round of strike action last month as the employer persisted with plans to cut essential working conditions and create ‘second-tier’ teachers.
Among Carinity’s wish list of cuts is:
- Scrapping top-tier teacher classifications, meaning the most experienced teachers could be earning up to $8,000 less than others in our sector.
- Cuts to superannuation, long service leave and redundancy provisions.
- Significantly increasing the hours of work.
- Limiting access to community standard leave conditions such as natural disaster leave and domestic violence leave.
IEUA-QNT Organiser Richard Pascoe said the actions of Carinity Education amounted to the most serious attack on working conditions we had seen in our sector.
“Carinity Education is acting like a big corporation, rather than one founded on the beliefs of the Baptist Church,” Mr Pascoe said.
Mr Pascoe said it was essential for all IEUA-QNT members to denounce this serious attack on teachers and school support staff.
“Staff in Carinity schools educate many students from disadvantaged backgrounds; these schools are similar to Catholic Flexible Learning Centres and other schools catering to students who experience difficulty accessing mainstream schooling,” Mr Pascoe said.
“If Carinity was to succeed with these shameful cuts to conditions, it could embolden other employers in our sector to attempt to do the same.
“As an initial step to support their colleague members at Carinity, members can sign the Show You Care petition urging Carinity to drop its shameful cuts,” Mr Pascoe said.
At the latest negotiation meeting this week, Carinity Education signalled an intention to proceed to ballot on a sub-standard new agreement. This follows the employer earlier stating it could look to “terminate” the current collective agreement.
“Such a move would be unheard of in the Queensland education sector and would put Carinity Education in the league of Murdoch University which terminated its collective agreement and forced staff onto safety-net Award conditions,” Mr Pascoe said.
“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 on the quality of education provided to their students?
“Something is very wrong with this situation.
“Carinity needs to show it cares by respecting its staff as providers of high quality education and providing them with working conditions to match,” Mr Pascoe said.
Read more about the Carinity Show You Care campaign here.