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Hear Our Voice: Calling all casual teachers

 

Casual teachers are crucial to the IEU’s campaign for better pay and conditions for all staff in Catholic diocesan schools. Here’s how you can participate.

 

Where would schools be without their casual teachers? They couldn’t survive without you. You’re the ones who save the day in the face of long-term staff shortages and short-term COVID absences.

 

You are also central to the union’s Catholic systemic enterprise bargaining campaign – we want to increase your pay and conditions too.

 

The campaign so far

 

The IEU is currently bargaining for a new enterprise agreement for all teachers and support staff in Catholic diocesan schools. The union’s claims cover casual teachers as well.

 

Our claims include increasing the rate of pay for casual teachers as a way to both address the teacher shortage and improve your job security.

All IEU members in Catholic systemic schools are currently considering the actions they can take to support this campaign, in line with a motion of IEU Council on 19 March 2022. Details of this next phase of the campaign are set out in the 
March NewsExtra.

As part of the campaign, and again in line with the Council motion, members are voting at school Chapter level to decide whether they wish to have the right to take protected action in support of our claim.

 

If a Chapter indicates they want to have the right to take protected action, then that Chapter will be included in the formal Protected Action Ballot that will be conducted early in Term 2.

 

The new enterprise agreement will affect casual teachers and we urge you to participate in the process. Here’s how.

 

Step 1: Confirm you’re on an IEU school list


If you are a casual teacher who works in Catholic diocesan schools, you can vote alongside your colleagues for the right to take protected industrial action – but only if you are attached to a school in the IEU’s membership system. These rules are strict.

 

If you teach at two, three or more different schools, we urge you to contact the IEU to check and confirm which school you are attached to on our lists:

 

If you are a casual teacher and you’re not an IEU member, we invite you to join us.

 

Being attached to a particular Catholic systemic school is also the best way to receive our regular member updates about the campaign.

 

Step 2: Vote!

 

Once you are officially listed as an IEU member at a particular school, we encourage you to attend Chapter meetings so you can connect with other members and have a say.

 

Most importantly, if a Protected Action Ballot is conducted at your school, we strongly urge you to vote.

 

If you don’t vote, this could impact the outcome for your colleagues.

 

Step 3: Taking action

 

If you are a casual teacher, you will have the right to take protected action alongside your colleagues at a school you teach at if other members at that school have that right – this applies regardless of which school you are attached to in the IEU’s membership system. (Which list you are on only applies to the voting process.)

 

Casuals are crucial to our campaign, and your participation in voting and taking action is essential to the outcome for all members, casuals included.

 

Help us to get better pay and conditions for all teachers and support staff. It’s time for employers to Hear our Voice.