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Home > News > 2019 > October > Queensland Catholic school Chapters endorse protected action

Queensland Catholic school Chapters endorse protected action

St_Peter_Claver.jpgOver 6,500 members in 176 Catholic schools are now authorised to take protected action, following a formal ballot conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).


Results from another 33 ballot schools are still to be confirmed as we await their results from the AEC.


Members were forced to escalate their Bargaining With One Voice campaign after employers refused to listen on key issues.


90% of members voted YES to endorse the protected actions, which include:

  • Banning attendance at any meeting of staff (with the exception of meetings regarding student welfare or staff and student safety).
  • Banning duties during scheduled meal breaks;
  • Banning supervision or cover periods;
  • Banning playground/transport supervision (with the exception of real safety risks for students);
  • Banning employer requests for data collection or analysis; and
  • Undertaking stop work action.

Unfortunately, onerous legal requirements and postal delays mean some Chapter ballots failed to reach a 50% return rate; even though these ballots also endorsed the actions, their results are deemed invalid due to this legal technicality.


Action to commence Tuesday, 5 November in authorised Chapters


The employers’ ongoing rejection of our key employee claims has left members with no other choice than to escalate our campaign.


Planned action will commence from Tuesday, 5 November in authorised Chapters and will include the above actions, excluding stop work action.


Remaining actions, such as work stoppages, will be considered in light of negotiation progress and employers' response.


Member action the only way to drive real change


IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Brad Hayes said members have not endorsed these protected actions lightly.


“It is unfortunately the case, under current legislation, that the only real option available to union members to progress deadlocked bargaining claims is protected action,” Brad said.


“Members are committed to the key issues at the heart of this bargaining campaign – workload, school officer recognition, public sector wages parity – and they have voted with one voice on these issues.”


Brad said members were to be commended for their commitment to the campaign in endorsing protected action.


“All of the contemporary working conditions enjoyed by employees in the non-government sector today were won by union members engaging in action like this,” Brad said.


“Members are united on the critical issues impacting staff in our schools and they must remain united to achieve a positive outcome in these negotiations.”


Read latest bargaining updates on the Bargaining With One Voice campaign page.

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