NOT HAPPY: Steve Swires pictured with the teachers of St John's Roma.
NOT HAPPY: Steve Swires pictured with the teachers of St John's Roma. Tom Gillespie

St John’s School to strike on Thursday

ST JOHN’S School is set to be up to one of three Catholic schools across south west Queensland participating in strike action this Thursday, after confirmation from the Queensland branch of the Independent Education Union (IEU).

Up to 8500 Catholic school union members across 242 schools in Queensland will participate in the strike, with the majority of sites participating in a full day strike action against increasing workloads and inequitable wages.

IEU chapter representative for St John’s School Steve Swires confirmed there would be strikes at the school from 9am to 12pm, citing lack of communication between staff.

“There were problems with the ballot paper between the staff, so we weren’t able to organise a full day,” he said.

Mr Swires said there was a lack of movement with negotiations between the employers and the staff at the school, which has prompted the strike action.

“Our intention is not to damage the education of our students, but to show our employers that they need to make a move on our request,” he said.

“The point is that other states have far better pay deals, with a difference of up to $7000 between NSW schools despite us teaching the same curriculum.

“It’s very regrettable that we have to take this action, but we’re hoping our employer takes note of the situation.”

IEU branch secretary Terry Burke said it will be up to Queensland Catholic school employers to determine whether schools remain open in light of the significant industrial action by staff, with the situation becoming increasingly clear that more strike action was needed.


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