Employers are disappointed that the IEU have again chosen to call for a day of industrial action on 28 April, rather than finalising negotiations with employers.
Catholic employers presented the union with their terms of settlement on 31 March, which outlined a proposed approach to the settlement of all outstanding issues.
In their most recent letter to staff, the union highlighted a range of issues with the employers’ proposed terms. Click through for a more comprehensive outline of the employers’ responses to the key IEU’s concerns. In particular you will see that:
- the sick leave entitlement proposals match state school teacher accruals of 15 days per year and introduce improvements such as uncapped accruals;
- the Catholic ethos provisions are an open statement of current expectations in our schools and clearly reiterate our commitment to being faith based schools;
- the reportable conduct provisions are consistent with community standards and arrangements applying in state government schools; and
- the meal break provisions put teachers in control of their meal breaks by ensuring changes are only by mutual agreement.
Employers will continue to work with the IEU to attempt to achieve mutual agreement on a new enterprise agreement, and are particularly concerned that they had initiated industrial action prior to receiving the employers’ proposed terms.
This strike first and negotiate later approach creates unnecessary disruption to schools and encourages staff to lose money before any attempt to negotiate on their behalf is made.
Employers encourage staff to discuss these issues in schools and will shortly provide an update on the next steps in putting a comprehensive enterprise agreement to all staff to vote on in Term 2.