Catholic teachers voting on strike action

TEACHERS and support staff at Catholic schools in the Lismore diocese have begun voting on whether to strike over cuts to pay and working conditions.

The action by the members of the Independent Education Union comes after sweeping changes proposed by Catholic employers, including increased working hours, reduced sick leave and no opportunity for promotion.

IEU Lismore organisers Sandra White and Steve Bergan said the threat to staff was significant.

"The draft agreement threatens to increase hours of face-to-face teaching, scrap restrictions on class sizes, abolish all promotions positions, take away the right to a half-hour meal break and reduce sick leave," Mr Bergan said.

IEU General Secretary John Quessy said if the ballot was supported, industrial action would begin early in Term 3.



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