Members call on Langports to drop the lockout
On Friday 24 May, our union rallied to support members at Langports English College who were locked out of their workplace for wearing union badges.
This week Langports became the first employer in the Queensland education sector to lock out teachers.
Langports has also made further lockout threats if members continue to take action.
Our union supported the rally along with Queensland Teachers’ Union, The Services Union, Together Queensland, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, National Tertiary Education Union and Maritime Union of Australia QLD and Queensland Council of Unions.
View video and image highlights from the rally below.
The lockout comes as IEUA-QNT members seek to negotiate their first collective agreement at the College.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the employer’s decision to lock out staff members was vastly disproportionate to the badge-wearing action.
“This is the first time we’ve seen a lockout occur in the education sector in Queensland,” Mr Burke said.
“It is outrageous that any employer would lock out its staff for a full day simply for wearing a badge.
“Employees have sought genuine negotiations with the employer for the past 12 months, but the employer’s refusal to budge on key issues left employees with no choice but to take action.”
Members were forced to take protected industrial action (in the form of badge-wearing) as negotiations stalled over the employer’s refusal to address key claims, including:
•fair wage increases;
•paid marking and preparation time for casuals; and,
•dispute resolution provisions for employees.
Mr Burke said the employer had chosen to take petty lockout action rather than address employees’ fair claims – a decision that can only result in a negative impact for students and employees.