Diocese hits back at strike support claim

THE DIOCESE of Lismore Catholic Schools Office has hit back at claims by the Independent Education Union that there is "overwhelming support" for staff to strike over changes to pay and conditions.

The IEU issued a media release, encouraging members at 25 Catholic Schools to cast a vote on whether to take industrial action before tomorrow.

A Catholic Schools Office Lismore spokesman said the union claims were misleading, as 22 of the 48 schools in the diocese had elected not to take industrial action.

"Less than 50% of staff at the remaining 26 schools in the Lismore Diocese are IUE members," the spokesman said.

The dispute centres on a draft enterprise agreement.

The union claimed the agreement could increase hours of face-to-face teaching, scrap class sizes restrictions, abolish promotions positions, take away the right to a half-hour meal break, reduce sick leave and reduce support staff wages.

The Schools Office spokesman said conversation, not confrontation was the best way to sort out the facts about the agreement.



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