Lutheran Education Queensland remain intent to cut, control and constrain
Members in Queensland Lutheran schools would face cuts to their working conditions under a claim tabled by their employer during current collective bargaining negotiations.
After three bargaining meetings, Lutheran Education Queensland
(LEQ) appears intent on pursuing an agenda to strip conditions from the current Queensland Lutheran Schools Collective Agreement.
This is the most significant attack on the working conditions of Queensland Lutheran employees seen in decades.
Under the employer claim, key provisions dealing with Hours of Duty and work intensification would be threatened.
Provisions in the agreement seeking to protect employees’ rights to natural justice and procedural fairness would also be cut.
The employer has also, so far, failed to table a wage offer.
Procedural fairness and natural justice put at risk for all employees
LEQ wants the following provisions removed from the collective agreement and placed in school-based policies:
- Annexure B Formal Review of Unsatisfactory Performance;
- Annexure C Serious Misconduct and Summary Dismissal; and
- Annexure D Complaints Handling Policy and Procedures.
Cutting these from the agreement and putting them in school-based policies means the employer has complete control over such documents – which they can draft, review and edit at any time.
It would mean these provisions would no longer be subject to the industrial protection provided by their inclusion in the collective agreement.
The employer-proposed cuts could mean procedural fairness and natural justice for all employees is put at risk.
Teachers’ Hours of Duty in Schedules 8 & 9 removed
LEQ wants to remove two schedules, Schedule 8 and Schedule 9.
These schedules outline the Hours of Duty provisions for teachers at Redeemer Lutheran College and St Peters Lutheran College.
The employer has provided an inadequate alternative, in the form of Schedule 7, which would give flexibility for employers to amend Hours of Duty for all teachers in LEQ schools.
LEQ representatives have also confirmed they want to renegotiate:
- Schedule 7 Working Arrangements for Teachers to “create more flexibility and discretion for principals in Lutheran Schools”; and,
- Positions of Added Responsibility with the aim of “increasing flexibility”.
How to stop the cuts
Strong and active union membership is crucial to protecting and enhancing the working conditions of employees in Queensland Lutheran schools.
As such, it is critical that IEUA-QNT members in Queensland Lutheran schools invite their colleagues to join our union, attend Chapter meetings and visit www.qieu.asn.au/lutheran for the latest news on the employer’s attempt to cut conditions.