They are seeking a single enterprise agreement that mirrors the Catholic independent schools support staff MEA. Members were surprised to find out they would be left out of the Catholic independent schools bargaining and vote. The school has not presented any compelling reason for the change.
The school maintains it will protect some existing conditions (such as long service leave accrual) through letters or contracts. The Union knows that this raises a number of issues and it's not possible to maintain all existing conditions in contracts.
Also contracts are written by the school and have no Union input, whereas an enterprise agreement is negotiated by the Union.