The Courier-Mail

Teach­ers at Catholic schools to strike

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MORE than 6000 Catholic teach­ers and staff are set to strike across the state at the end of term.

The de­ci­sion, over work­load and pay in­creases, comes af­ter a bal­lot and will see strikes of half an hour to an hour at more than half of Queens­land Catholic schools on Septem­ber 16 and 17.

In­de­pen­dent Ed­u­ca­tion Union of Aus­tralia Queens­land and North­ern Ter­ri­tory sec- re­tary Terry Burke said al­most 90 per cent of mem­bers who voted sup­ported the strike ac­tion at more than 170 schools.

“The po­si­tion staff are tak­ing is not un­rea­son­able. They are say­ing there has not been one minute of ad­di­tional prepa­ra­tion time in more than 20 years,” he said. “They ei­ther need more time and pay to get things done or some of these things need to be taken away.”

Queens­land Catholic Edu- cation Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lee-Anne Perry said she be­lieved fair wage and con­di­tions, in­clud­ing a pay in­crease of 2.5 per cent, had been of­fered to em­ploy­ees but re­spected their right to strike.

Start­ing from next week, protest­ing staff will also boy­cott staff meet­ings.

“The real is­sue for us is the im­pact of busi­ness in schools is putting at risk the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr Burke said.

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