Catholic teachers Karen Jansen, Ted Michie, Leticia Lima and Tracey Lourigan strike over enterprise bargaining.
Catholic teachers Karen Jansen, Ted Michie, Leticia Lima and Tracey Lourigan strike over enterprise bargaining. Megan Pope

Catholic teachers want respect

STUDENTS were kept at home yesterday and classes put on hold as Catholic school teachers on the Fraser Coast took strike action against serious concerns in the latest enterprise bargaining negotiations.

Bearing posters demanding professional respect, St Mary's College and primary teachers and Xavier Catholic College teachers took to the Brolga Theatre yesterday to meet with union officials.

Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory lead organiser Nick Holliday said up to 100 teachers on the Fraser Coast were planning to take action, with 61 attending the meeting yesterday.

Among the teachers' concerns was the request from Catholic employing authorities to be able to send teachers to a doctor to provide a medical report that would be sent back to the school.

"They were hugely concerned about the ramifications if we accept that," Mr Holliday said.

A low wage offer of 2.7%, professional development time and benefits for experienced teachers rounded out their top four concerns.

Up to 5000 Catholic school teachers turned out for similar meetings and strike action across the state yesterday.

The strike came one day after Hervey Bay state school teachers rallied against a breakdown in their enterprise bargaining negotiations.



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