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Home > News > 2019 > May > Members at Langports locked out for second time

Members at Langports locked out for second time

Langports.JPGLangports English College has again locked out IEU members (on 28 May) for participating in protected action – this time for 3.5 days.

This is the second time in less than a week that members have been locked out of their workplace without pay for taking this action.

Last Wednesday, 22 May IEU members were locked out simply for wearing badges, the first time a Queensland education sector employer had taken such action against its own staff.

Following the initial lockout, a rally took place on Friday 24 May outside of Langports English College in Brisbane in support of members who had been locked out, with our union calling on the employer to come back to the table and negotiate a fair collective agreement that addresses members’ concerns.

Listen to members' reactions to the lockout in the video below.

With no further commitment being made by Langports to address these concerns after 12 months of bargaining, members were forced to take further protected action yesterday (28 May 2019) in the form of a 30 minute stop work action.

Participation in this protected action resulted in members being immediately locked out of their workplace, leaving them feeling frustrated and undervalued by their employer.

IEU Growth Organiser Cherie Wills said the lockout not only caused financial and emotional stress for the teachers affected, but it also disrupted students learning.

“Langports’ decision to lockout members is showing not only a disregard for its teachers, but also for its students,” she said.

“The employer lockout is so unprecedented in comparison to the protected action being taken by IEU members such as badge wearing and a 30 minute stop work action,”

“The employer needs to put its teachers and students first, drop the lock out, and resume negotiations that reflect a genuine regard for their employees key concerns.”

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