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IEU Q&A Facebook Live August

On Facebook Live yesterday, IEU Secretary John Quessy answered members' questions about the dispute with CCER over the new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools, especially in regard to arbitration.

With interviewer Megan Bruce, Quessy addressed the concerns of members who had received misinformation from their employers. One member had been told that arbitration could result in individual legal costs of thousands of dollars, another that the EA had already been finalised. Quessy refuted both these claims, explaining that "arbitration is essentially free" and "there’s absolutely nothing that has union endorsement that is ready to go to a vote."

He said that, among employers, there was an attitude of "if we don't know the answer, we'll just make one up".

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Quessy also outlined some of the main reasons why an effective arbitration clause was necessary.
"Arbitration is not a place where you go to first: there’s mediation, there’s conciliation, then if all those things fail, there’s arbitration.

“But if there is no umpire at the end of it, there’s no incentive, no requirement for people to take the conciliation seriously, you can simply keep talking in circles forever.”

"[CCER] don’t want to be accountable to anyone."

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