Catholic school members fight back against insecure work
Insecure work affects 40% of Australian workers and the education sector is no exception.
Members in Queensland Catholic schools are taking action – sharing their personal experiences of insecure work and adding their support to our campaign to address the impact rolling fixed-term contracts and cuts to part-time hours are having on our school communities.
Insecure work is set to be a key theme of the upcoming Queensland Catholic schools collective bargaining campaign next year.
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Members recently endorsed their Log of Claims for the upcoming bargaining negotiations, which includes a clear call for ‘measures to address insecure work’.
These measures include: criteria to ensure only genuine fixed-term appointments are made; an audit to investigate fixed-term contracts and conversion to continuing positions; certainty of hours for part-time employees.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said fighting back against insecure work for all employees, as well as putting an end to fluctuating hours for school officers were two of the key issues members want to see addressed in the next collective agreement.
“While fixed-term contracts should only be used in cases of an identifiable short-term need, the feedback from members, both teachers and school officers, includes shameful tales of the use of such contracts rolling over multiple year periods: the most egregious being fixed-term contracts for fifteen consecutive years,” Mr Hayes said.
“Meanwhile, for those school officers with continuing status, many are employed on a term-time basis and have their hours varied at the beginning of each year with no guarantee of how many hours they will receive the following year.
“Having secure employment that allows you to plan for the future is a foundation of Australian workplaces, yet this has been sadly eroded over time.
“Fighting for employment security for all Queensland Catholic school staff will be front and centre of members’ campaign next year.”
Follow the upcoming Catholic sector collective bargaining campaign at www.qieu.asn.au/colb9