Strike for arbitration as Carinity puts disadvantaged students at risk
Queensland Baptists’ outreach, Carinity Education, is placing its disadvantaged students at risk by refusing to agree to arbitration over long-running negotiations with staff.
Staff at Carinity Education Southside and Carinity Education Glendyne will rally alongside community supporters at 8:00am on Tuesday, 18 September 2018.
Members will take strike action during scheduled work hours to attend the rallies and pass formal resolutions calling on Carinity to agree to arbitration of the negotiations, which began in June 2017.
Members who are available to attend a rally in support of Carinity members on strike are urged to do so.
Carinity Southside rally
8:00am Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Lions Club Hall, 95 Lister Street, Sunnybank
Carinity Glendyne rally
8:00am Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Carinity Education – Glendyne, 72 Nikenbah-Dundowran Road, Nikenbah
(Please arrive by 7:45am – rallies will start at 8:00am sharp)
An agenda of cuts
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said throughout the negotiations, Carinity has remained wedded to an agenda of cuts to community-standard working conditions including superannuation, long service leave and redundancy provisions.
“Teachers and school support staff in Carinity schools have rejected the employer’s unfair attacks on their working conditions at every opportunity.
“Staff have engaged in strike action on three occasions – including most recently for four hours on 30 August 2018 – and voted down two employer-proposed agreements by an overwhelming majority at ballot.”
Mr Burke said the negotiations had reached a critical point where intervention from the independent umpire was essential.
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“It is the unfair nature of Australia’s current industrial rules that workers have limited power to fight obstinate employers who are intent on cutting conditions,” Mr Burke said.
“Members at Carinity have taken every action available to them to protest attacks on their working conditions – it is now time for the independent umpire to arbitrate these negotiations.”
Mr Burke said while broken industrial rules meant employees could not force Carinity to agree to arbitration, the employer should have nothing to fear from the intervention of the independent umpire.
“Carinity has repeatedly refused members’ calls to refer this matter to the Fair Work Commission for arbitration, instead hiding immovably behind an agenda of cuts.
“Carinity should have nothing to fear from arbitration that will likely result in compromises from both parties to assist in reaching agreement – that is the nature of fair negotiations.”
Carinity operates four schools in Queensland (Sunnybank, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and Gladstone) which largely cater for disadvantaged youth.
Despite claiming the word Carinity to be “derived from the words ‘care’ and ‘affinity’”, Mr Burke said the experience for staff during negotiations has been the exact opposite.
“There has been absolutely no care shown to staff in these negotiations and they are rightly concerned that unless the employer agrees to arbitration, this complete lack of care will also adversely affect students.”
A community petition in support of Carinity teachers and support staff has reached 1,600 signatures – click here to add your name.