No lockout in Catholic schools

25 November 2019

Union claims of a lockout in Queensland Catholic schools are untrue according to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC). 

QCEC Executive Director Dr Lee-Anne Perry said a lockout was the exact opposite of what Catholic school employers were seeking. 

The union is misrepresenting the facts, at a time of year when we should be celebrating the work of our students.” 

 “Employers would like all staff to come to work and perform their normal duties,” Dr Perry said. 

 Employers also want to support those staff who have had to take on extra duties to cover some union members engaged in work bans as part of protected industrial action. 

 Dr Perry said union claims that staff would be locked out were untrue and misleading. 

 Employers are not preventing staff from coming to work. 

 “Employers respect the right of staff to take protected industrial action. 

 “What employers have said is that if negotiations are not finalised or the union does not lift current work bans then employers intend to exercise their right under the Fair Work Act to withhold payment for days when employees don’t carry out their full duties. 

 “Employers remain committed to giving employees an opportunity to appropriately vote on a proposed agreement as soon as possible that provides fair and reasonable conditions that keep Queensland Catholic education sustainable and accessible by our families,” she said.