Catholic teachers set to strike

Teachers at most Queensland Catholic schools are set to hold full-day strikes, as a 10-month-long wage dispute continues.

More than 8500 Independent Education Union staff at 242 schools across the state have been authorised to stop work on Thursday, February 25.

It is the eighth stop-work action and the most comprehensive since the middle of last year.

The union claims Queensland teachers are paid $7000 less than their NSW counterparts, and have also raised issues with increasing workloads.

Brisbane-based teacher Andrew Elphinstone says taking a full-day strike was a last resort.

“The issues yet to be addressed by our employers ... impact the foundation of the quality of education we provide to our students in our schools,” he said in a statement.

IEU Secretary Terry Burke says it is up to schools to decide whether they remain open.

Eleven group rallies will be held in cities across the state, including at Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The latest strike comes after 200 teachers rallied outside the Brisbane Catholic Education Conference in January.

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission, which has been holding ongoing negotiations with IEU members, has been contacted for comment.

Source: Courier Mail

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