Supporting the independent education community

Stop press: Vote NO to proposed EA

As Newsmonth goes to press, employers have circulated their proposed enterprise agreement to Catholic systemic schools. Never before have Catholic employers gone so far with a non-Union supported “agreement”. Vote NO.

The Union urges members to escalate our industrial campaign including stop work action.

What is this dispute about?

Until March this year, it was accepted that the right to arbitration was an entitlement for Catholic systemic school employees. In March one diocese opposed this right. In June, CCER confirmed that all 11 dioceses in NSW and ACT did not recognise their employees’ right to arbitration.

Without arbitration, in many cases there is no legal way for the member or members to achieve an outcome to a dispute; in other cases, the only remedy is an expensive case before a court. Enforcement of work practice agreements is also difficult without arbitration.