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Wollongong Catholic Systemic Teachers Vote To Stop Work

23 June 2014

Teachers and support staff will stop work in the first week of Term 3 after almost 90 percent of Diocese of Wollongong Catholic systemic schools voted to take industrial action.

IEU General Secretary John Quessy said the results sent a strong message to employers that teachers and support staff in Catholic schools would not accept threats to pay, conditions and job security.

Local Wollongong Independent Education Union Organisers Les Porter and David Towson said members in 31 schools would stop work for half a day on Thursday 17 July.

Members will be bussed from Campbeltown and Nowra to join colleagues at a central Wollongong location where speakers will include IEU General Secretary John Quessy. At the event members will also sign a petition.

"The petition will call on the Director of the Catholic Education Office to intervene in the dispute with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations on behalf of members employed in the Diocese of Wollongong," Mr Porter said.

"It's time for employers to Recognise teachers and staff as professionals, Respect the work they do and Reward them appropriately."

The stop work event will finish by 10.30am, giving members time to return to schools by midday.

Teachers and support staff will stop work in the first week of Term 3 after almost 90 percent of Diocese of Wollongong Catholic systemic schools voted to take industrial action.

IEU General Secretary John Quessy said the results sent a strong message to employers that teachers and support staff in Catholic schools would not accept threats to pay, conditions and job security.

Local Wollongong Independent Education Union Organisers Les Porter and David Towson said members in 31 schools would stop work for half a day on Thursday 17 July.

Members will be bussed from Campbeltown and Nowra to join colleagues at a central Wollongong location where speakers will include IEU General Secretary John Quessy. At the event members will also sign a petition.

"The petition will call on the Director of the Catholic Education Office to intervene in the dispute with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations on behalf of members employed in the Diocese of Wollongong," Mr Porter said.

"It's time for employers to Recognise teachers and staff as professionals, Respect the work they do and Reward them appropriately."

The stop work event will finish by 10.30am, giving members time to return to schools by midday.