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Home > News > 2020 > June > Lutheran Education Queensland intent on cutting current conditions

Lutheran Education Queensland intent on cutting current conditions

Lutheran_posters.pngTeachers and school support staff working in Queensland Lutheran schools would see current conditions cut under the biggest attack on working rights seen in their sector.


A serious question mark hangs over the employment future of employees in Queensland Lutheran schools as their employer remains intent of pushing through a plan of cuts, controls and constraints to the existing working conditions.


At risk are existing provisions that protect employees’ job security and which provide workload safety nets.


All Queensland Lutheran school members are asked to attend an online state-wide meeting on Monday, 22 June to find out just what is at risk for them under LEQ’s plan.


Click here to RSVP for the meeting now.


Members outside the Lutheran sector can show their solidarity and support for Queensland Lutheran employees by signing the LEQ STOP THE CUTS, CONTROLS & CONTSRAINTS online petition now.


IEUA-QNT Industrial Coordinator Chris Seymour said Lutheran Education Queensland’s (LEQ) shameful plan was made very clear when the employer stopped collective bargaining negotiations in earlier this month with a view to hold a ballot on its substandard agreement for employees.


“At its heart, the LEQ plan for employees will cut protections to employees’ job security and provisions for workload safety nets,” Chris said.


“It places a serious question mark over what working as an employee in a Queensland Lutheran school means and it has significant impacts on the future provision of quality education in these schools.


“Sadly, LEQ’s plan will make it far from an employer of choice in the non-government education sector.


“The move by LEQ to cut, control and constrain current conditions is a slap in the face to Queensland Lutheran teachers and school support staff who have shown the utmost dedication and professionalism over the last few months of the COVID-19 crisis.


“Instead of looking to protect and reward staff for maintaining quality education and learning throughout the current crisis, LEQ is shamefully and ruthlessly trying to push through an agenda which will leave Queensland Lutheran school staff as second class employees in comparison to the Queensland Catholic and state sectors,” Chris said.


Cuts, controls & constraints


“LEQ wants its teachers and school support staff to work under an agreement which diminishes the working rights of every employee group,” Chris said.


“Every employee group is worse off under the employer agreement


“This is the most significant attack on Queensland Lutheran school employees in recent times and should not be ignored by employees,” he said.


Some of the cuts the LEQ want to make to their employees’ conditions:

  • CUTS to Teacher Hours of Duty protections for some teachers
  • CUTS to key employment protections which ensure procedural fairness and natural justice for all employees
  • CUTS to PAR tenure
  • CUT the classification Leading Teacher 2 from the Agreement
  • CUTS to the minimum PAR points in Schedule 6.

Members unite, ready to VOTE NO


Queensland Lutheran school members are uniting to stop these cuts, controls, and constraints.


Click here to RSVP for the meeting now.


Sign the petition calling on LEQ to stop the cuts, controls & constraints now.


“The only way to stop the cuts, controls and constraints should the employer take these to ballot is to VOTE NO and send a clear message that Queensland Lutheran school employees deserve the same working conditions as their counterparts across the education sector,” Chris said.


For more detailed information on LEQ’s plan for cuts, controls and constraints of employees’ working conditions visit http://www.qieu.asn.au/stopthecuts

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