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Home > News > 2020 > June > Cuts by Lutheran Education Queensland put future education of 18k+ students at risk

Cuts by Lutheran Education Queensland put future education of 18k+ students at risk

Topics : Lutheran

School_leader.jpgPlanned cuts by Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ) to working conditions of the staff in its 26 schools will put quality education for 18k+ students at risk.

 

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said LEQ’s planned cuts would make it far from an employer of choice in the state.

 

“LEQ claims to ‘offer an inspired, Christian educational experience that sets our students apart’ – and its plan for employees will certainly set it apart as an employer for all the wrong reasons,” Mr Burke said.

 

Qld Lutheran schools far from employer of choice

 

LEQ’s planned cuts will result in all other major education employers – state, Catholic and Anglican – offering far superior working conditions.

 

LEQ’s planned cuts will have serious negative implications including:

  • Lower wages for some of the most experienced teachers when compared to the majority of the Queensland education sector.
  • Proposed delays to wage increases which will have compounding negative effects into the future.
  • Removal of workload safety nets.
  • Removal of provisions ensuring job security and procedural fairness related to employment.

Any cut to working conditions is a cut to the foundation of quality education in these schools.

 

Slap in the face after holding school community together through COVID-19

 

Mr Burke said that IEU members are asking why LEQ wants to make these cuts now.

 

“Especially after the hard work and dedication shown by Queensland Lutheran teachers and school support staff throughout the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Burke said.

 

“Instead of valuing and rewarding staff for keeping their schools operational throughout the pandemic, LEQ has shown disregard for them.

 

“The cuts are at odds with the teachings of the Lutheran Church and its Christian values.

 

“Undoubtably LEQ’s plan will also raise some serious questions amongst students’ parents and parishioners alike.

 

“We hope that they too will call on LEQ to stop the cuts to working conditions in order to protect quality education in Queensland Lutheran schools,” Mr Burke said.

 

Members joining together for action

 

IEUA-QNT members in Lutheran schools joined together in a special online state-wide meeting to call on LEQ to stop the cuts, controls and constraints on working conditions.

 

One member said they would vote down the employer-proposed agreement because the cuts, control and constraints clearly mean employees are not valued.

 

“I am voting no because the changes make me feel that despite all of the time, effort, sacrifice and hard work I have provided and continue to afford my employer, I am neither appreciated nor valued,” they said.  

 

IEU Lutheran members need to hold Chapter meetings to discuss the proposed agreement and what the cuts, controls and constraints would mean for their working conditions and their professional value.

 

Members are encouraged to extend personal invitations to non-members to join our union to ensure Lutheran education employees have a strong collective voice in this attack on working conditions and the provision of quality education.  

 

For more information: www.qieu.asn.au/stopthecuts


Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ) has 26 schools (some with multi-campuses) in the current locations across Queensland:


BRISBANE - BAYSIDE

Faith Lutheran College - Primary Campus (VICTORIA POINT)

Faith Lutheran College - Secondary Campus (THORNLANDS)

BRISBANE – CENTRAL

St Peter's Lutheran College - Indooroopilly Campus (INDOOROOPILLY)

BRISBANE – NORTH

Prince of Peace Lutheran College - Primary Campus (EVERTON HILLS)

Prince of Peace Lutheran College - Secondary Campus (EVERTON HILLS)

BRISBANE - SOUTH

Good News Lutheran Primary School (MIDDLE PARK)

CAIRNS

Peace Lutheran College (KAMERUNGA)

CENTRAL QLD

Redeemer Lutheran College (BILOELA)

GOLD COAST

Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School (PIMPAMA)

St Andrews Lutheran College (TALLEBUDGERA)

Trinity Lutheran College - Primary Campus (ASHMORE)

Trinity Lutheran College - Secondary Campus (ASHMORE)

IPSWICH & GATTON

Bethany Lutheran Primary School (RACEVIEW)

Faith Lutheran College (PLAINLAND)

Peace Lutheran Primary School (GATTON)

LOGAN

Bethania Lutheran Primary School (BETHANIA)

Redeemer Lutheran College - Primary Campus (ROCHEDALE)

Redeemer Lutheran College - Secondary Campus (ROCHEDALE)

REDCLIFFE & CABOOLTURE

Grace Academy (ROTHWELL)

Grace Lutheran College - Caboolture Campus (CABOOLTURE)

Grace Lutheran College - Rothwell Campus (ROTHWELL)

Grace Lutheran Primary School (CLONTARF)

Living Faith Lutheran Primary School (MURRUMBA DOWNS)

St Pauls Lutheran Primary School (CABOOLTURE)

TOOWOOMBA

Concordia Lutheran College - Hume Street Campus (TOOWOOMBA)

Concordia Lutheran College - Stephen Street Campus (TOOWOOMBA)

Concordia Lutheran College - Warwick Street Campus (TOOWOOMBA)

Ironbark Outdoor Education (CROWS NEST)

SPRINGFIELD

St Peter's Lutheran College - Springfield Campus (SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL)

SUNSHINE COAST

Good Shepherd Lutheran College (NOOSAVILLE)

Immanuel Lutheran College (BUDERIM)

Pacific Lutheran College (MERIDAN PLAINS)

WIDE BAY

Googa Outdoor Education (BLACKBUTT)

Mount Binga Outdoor Education (GOOGA CREEK)

St James Lutheran College (PIALBA)

St John's Lutheran Primary School (BUNDABERG)

St John's Lutheran School (KINGAROY)


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