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Members Voting Across NSW

Members are voting in rural and metropolitan dioceses across NSW this week.

Postal ballots are occurring in most schools with attendance ballots in larger schools on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week. Ballots will be closing in the school holidays (Friday 4 July for rural schools, Monday 7 July for metropolitan schools).

Ballots have already been carried in Newcastle and Wollongong schools. Protected industrial action is occurring on Thursday this week in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese in 51 schools. Protected action is scheduled in 31 schools in the Wollongong Diocese in the first week of Term 3.

In order for the ballot to be carried in each school, at least 50% of members on the roll must vote and of the valid votes cast, a majority must be in favour.  The ballot in each school is counted and recorded separately.

Please ensure all members in your school vote.  The Union has sent Reps kits to all schools - if your Rep is away, please find this material urgently, put the posters up and use the checklist to confirm with members in postal ballot schools that they have received the ballot material and voted. 

Similarly in attendance ballot schools, it is crucial that all members be assisted to vote and names be checked off the membership list as members vote.  Union officers can assist with this process.

The Union has four two hour meetings scheduled with Catholic employers, including three in the holidays.  We have already held three meetings with the employers in the ten weeks since the proposed enterprise agreement was released. 

The Union has put to the employers in details our concern about the proposed agreement at each of these meetings.  Notwithstanding the fact that they have been aware the Union was proposing industrial action since mid May, at the negotiating meetings the employers have defended their proposal and have not resiled in any way from the document (which still appears on the CCER website). 

They have also not agreed to any of the Union claims.  The Union remains trenchantly opposed to the proposed enterprise agreement and has certainly not agreed to meet to redraft their document over the holidays as has been suggested by some Diocesan spokespersons.

Our key reasons for opposing the document include:

•    there is a significant reduction in rates of pay and conditions for both new and many existing support staff - (up to $17,000 per annum less for some), including removal of automatic annual progression and removal of permanency provisions for school assistants
•    abolition of existing promotions positions, including related entitlements such as a guaranteed minimum number of positions and release time (still referred to on the CCER website as "former positions").
•    deregulation of teacher conditions, including face to face teaching hours, removal of lunch breaks, etc
•    reduction in sick leave for teachers

If you have lost your ballot paper, please contact the AEC urgently - ask for Jennifer on 9375 6327.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Union on (02) 8202 8900 if you have any enquiries.

24 June 2014

Postal ballots are occurring in most schools with attendance ballots in larger schools on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week. Ballots will be closing in the school holidays (Friday 4 July for rural schools, Monday 7 July for metropolitan schools).

Ballots have already been carried in Newcastle and Wollongong schools. Protected industrial action is occurring on Thursday this week in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese in 51 schools. Protected action is scheduled in 31 schools in the Wollongong Diocese in the first week of Term 3.

In order for the ballot to be carried in each school, at least 50% of members on the roll must vote and of the valid votes cast, a majority must be in favour.  The ballot in each school is counted and recorded separately.

Please ensure all members in your school vote.  The Union has sent Reps kits to all schools - if your Rep is away, please find this material urgently, put the posters up and use the checklist to confirm with members in postal ballot schools that they have received the ballot material and voted. 

Similarly in attendance ballot schools, it is crucial that all members be assisted to vote and names be checked off the membership list as members vote.  Union officers can assist with this process.

The Union has four two hour meetings scheduled with Catholic employers, including three in the holidays.  We have already held three meetings with the employers in the ten weeks since the proposed enterprise agreement was released. 

The Union has put to the employers in details our concern about the proposed agreement at each of these meetings.  Notwithstanding the fact that they have been aware the Union was proposing industrial action since mid May, at the negotiating meetings the employers have defended their proposal and have not resiled in any way from the document (which still appears on the CCER website). 

They have also not agreed to any of the Union claims.  The Union remains trenchantly opposed to the proposed enterprise agreement and has certainly not agreed to meet to redraft their document over the holidays as has been suggested by some Diocesan spokespersons.

Our key reasons for opposing the document include:

•    there is a significant reduction in rates of pay and conditions for both new and many existing support staff - (up to $17,000 per annum less for some), including removal of automatic annual progression and removal of permanency provisions for school assistants
•    abolition of existing promotions positions, including related entitlements such as a guaranteed minimum number of positions and release time (still referred to on the CCER website as "former positions").
•    deregulation of teacher conditions, including face to face teaching hours, removal of lunch breaks, etc
•    reduction in sick leave for teachers

If you have lost your ballot paper, please contact the AEC urgently - ask for Jennifer on 9375 6327.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Union on (02) 8202 8900 if you have any enquiries.