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Home > News > 2019 > November > Catholic school staff to stop work on 19 November

Catholic school staff to stop work on 19 November

Stopwork_action_announced.pngA 30-minute stop work will be undertaken by members in authorised Queensland Catholic schools at 9:00am on Tuesday, 19 November.


The stop work action follows a range of work bans, including banning attendance at meetings, supervisions and employer requests for data.


The bans made a real difference in securing agreement on a number of school officer and insecure work issues at last week’s Single Bargaining Unit (SBU) meeting.


The stop work action comes after employers’ continued failure to put in place meaningful interventions to deal with work intensification or resolve middle/senior leader issues.


The employers also remain resolute in rejecting the $1250 to all staff - effectively throwing out the window a 30-year commitment to wages parity and professional respect of their staff.


Employees must now escalate our campaign to get employers to make meaningful responses and resolve these outstanding issues.


Employers have also been slow to take up our offer to meet to urgently resolve the negotiations. Despite repeated requests, Queensland Catholic employers only advised late yesterday of a possibility of meeting this Thursday.

Stop work action 9.00am - 9.30am, Tuesday, 19 November

A 30-minute stop work action will be held from 9.00am – 9.30am on Tuesday, 19 November in our 206 authorised Chapters


Our union has now advised the relevant employers that this stop work action has been scheduled. Members in these authorised Chapters will not be available for work during this time and do not have to individually notify their employer that they are stopping work. 


The 30-minute stop work will allow Chapter members to meet to consider the employers’ positions and the member actions necessary to address our final remaining issues. Materials, campaign stickers and an agenda for the stop work Chapter meeting will be provided to Chapter Representatives in coming days.


Click here to read three reasons why members are taking stop work action on 19 November.


Additional support activities will be available for members in the remaining Chapters not currently authorised to take protected action.


Members do not take the option of protected action lightly.  However, our campaign is making a difference and must now escalate to deliver the final outcomes needed for Catholic school staff.

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