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Queensland Catholic members endorse protected industrial action


Over 7000 Queensland IEU members in 195 Catholic schools have voted to authorise protected industrial action, including the ability to strike and conduct work bans, following a formal ballot conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).


90 percent of members voted in favour of the action, as part of the Union’s ongoing ‘Bargaining with One Voice’ campaign, after employers refused to listen on key issues.


Authorised protected actions include:

  • Banning attendance at any meeting of staff (with the exception of meetings regarding student welfare or staff and student safety);
  • Banning duties during scheduled meal breaks;
  • Banning supervision or cover periods;
  • Banning playground/transport supervision (with the exception of real safety risks for students);
  • Banning employer requests for data collection or analysis; and
  • Undertaking stop work action.


Planned action will commence in authorised Chapters from Thursday, 7 November 2019 and will include the above actions, excluding stop work action.


IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the move comes following the failure of Queensland Catholic school employers to address concerns regarding workload, insecure work and wage parity with the state sector.


IEUA NSW/ACT Branch expresses solidarity with these brave and committed union members



Read more at the QIEU website