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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