Queensland Lutheran school staff vote no to employer’s planned cuts to current working conditions
Teachers and school support staff employed in Queensland Lutheran schools have voted no to a substandard agreement proposed by their employer, Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ).
Results from the recent ballot saw 53 per cent of employees across Queensland’s 26 Lutheran schools vote ‘no’ to the proposed agreement, after our union advised members to reject the proposal.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said ‘no’ vote result demonstrated staff in Queensland Lutheran schools would not tolerate inferior working conditions that would see them worse off than their Catholic and state counterparts.
“The result is a clear message to LEQ that employees wish to retain the contemporary conditions which are provided to others in the Queensland education sector,” Mr Burke said.
“Employees will not stand for a regression in their hard-won working conditions, especially given the exceptional level of professionalism they’ve shown while working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
This is the first-time employees in the sector have voted no in such a process after LEQ threatened to cut, control and constrain working conditions related to job security, wages and workload.
Mr Burke said more than 75 per cent of staff across 26 Queensland Lutheran schools voted in the ballot, meaning LEQ must respect the outcome.
“LEQ must now return to the negotiating table to achieve an outcome that respects and recognises the work of its employees,” he said.
“In doing so, LEQ must stop its planned cuts and instead listen to its staff- not seek to impose changes on them that threaten working conditions and the future of quality education in Queensland Lutheran schools.”
Members should be proud their tenacity, hard work and collective action which led to this historic result.
For more information visit www.qieu.asn.au/stopthecuts