Industrial action disappointing

Planned protected industrial action by Independent Education Union members in Queensland Catholic schools is a disappointing development in current enterprise bargaining negotiations. 

Queensland Catholic Education Commission Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said Catholic school communities would be disadvantaged if the union went ahead with possible industrial action. 

“Catholic school employers remain focused on finalising negotiations so staff can vote on a new agreement as soon as possible,” Dr Perry said. 

“Employers have put forward an offer that includes a 2.5 per cent general wage increase, a generous package of improved benefits for Middle and Senior Leaders and increased pay for Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers. 

“Employers have also offered to cut classroom contact time for primary teachers to allow more time for collaboration. 

Dr Perry said the union should focus on resolving outstanding issues and reaching an in-principle agreement. 

“Instead, they are opting for industrial action that could disrupt schools in the busy end-of-year period. 

“Employers have put on the table a fair offer which rewards staff and keeps Catholic education sustainable into the future. 

“What we need now is for the union to focus on finalising these negotiations so that an agreement can be put forward for staff to vote on, “she said.