Catholic school employees strike

MORE than 3500 catholic school employees across Queensland stopped work on Thursday in protest at their employer's approach to pay negotiations.

About 150 schools were affected as teachers travelled to their town and city centres to hold mass meetings.

The strike action, organised by the Queensland Independent Education Union, comes on the back of teachers' concern about the lack of resourcing and an underwhelming wage offer.

Catholic school staff have been offered a wage increase of 2.7% per annum.

They are also unhappy with a plan to impose compulsory medical checks and to changes to the experience teacher provisions, which will result in additional duties for teachers.

Striking members around the state endorsed a resolution to demand their employers show an understanding of the expanding role of staff and respect for professionalism.

Union secretary Terry Burke said employers had implemented an "artificial" October 19 deadline to conclude pay negotiations.

Mr Burke said a last-minute meeting on Wednesday night between the union and employers did not produce a resolution.

"At best, all the employer representatives could say was that they were prepared to 'reserve their position' prior to a further meeting next week," he said.

"With stop work action imminent in their schools the lack of employer resolve to reach agreement on the matters in dispute was quite extraordinary."



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