Supporting the independent education community

Ranks swell: 26 more schools join stop work on Thursday 30 June 2022

IEU members in 537 Catholic systemic schools throughout NSW and the ACT congratulate teachers and support staff from another 26 schools who voted overwhelmingly this week for the right to take protected industrial action in support of new enterprise agreements.


Members in schools from Balmain, Bathurst, Belfield, Bourke, Brewarrina, Burwood, Chatswood, Cobar, Concord West, Cronulla, Davidson, Enmore, Erskineville, Glebe, Grenfell, Kensington, Lavington, Padstow Heights, Pymble, Northbridge, Rose Bay, Thirroul and Wilcannia will pull on the bright yellow Hear Our Voice t-shirts to stand with their colleagues in rallies and marches throughout NSW and the ACT in a full-day stop-work next Thursday 30 June.


The IEU has written to members in the 26 new schools to confirm that the Protected Action Ballot that included their school was declared carried.






24 June 2022


Stop Work: Thursday 30 June 2022


Dear IEU Member


I am writing to confirm that the Protected Action Ballot that included your school was declared as carried late yesterday.


We have given notice to your employer that you will be able to take the following protected action:


  1. from Wednesday 29 June 2022, IEU members will commence and continue to wear or display insignia, slogans and/or any other material concerning the union campaign and provide information about the union campaign to members of the community including parents and the media.
  2. on Thursday 30 June 2022, IEU members will stop work for one day. 

As you are aware, the union has called a full day stop work of all members in Catholic systemic schools in NSW and the ACT on Thursday 30 June. The IEU is calling on all members entitled to take protected action to participate in the stop work.


The members entitled to take protected action are teachers and support staff who would be covered by the proposed enterprise agreement employed in a school where the protected action ballot has been carried. All IEU members at the time of the stop work are included. The IEU will courier some union campaign materials to your school next week (T-shirts are in short supply but we will do our best).


The decision was made after a historic joint meeting between the executives of the NSW Teachers Federation and the IEUA (NSW/ACT). Members of both unions will rally in Macquarie Street, Sydney, as well as in regional locations across NSW and the ACT (these locations are on the union website and details will be forwarded to you shortly).


The joint action is in response to the failure of the NSW Government to stop the decline in real wages for public sector workers and address the crisis in teaching. This crisis extends across all schools in NSW and the ACT.


The NSW Government wages policy has a direct impact on our negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for teachers and support staff in NSW and ACT Catholic systemic schools. This has been reiterated by Catholic employer representatives in all our bargaining meetings concerning the new agreement.

The union’s key claims in our Hear Our Voice Campaign for a fair deal for teachers and support staff, so far unaddressed by employers, include:

  • pay teachers what they’re worth
  • give support staff a fair deal
  • let teachers teach – cut paperwork
  • allow time to plan – reduce the teaching load by two hours per week
  • end staffing shortages.


Thank you for your ongoing support of this campaign.




Mark Northam