Catholic school vote on strikes

TEACHERS and support staff in more than 35 Catholic schools in the Wollongong Diocese, including St Michael’s and St John’s in Nowra, are set to vote on taking industrial action prior to the end of the term.

According to the Independent Education Union, a draft agreement proposed by Catholic employers will 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. Support staff are threatened with pay cuts between $6156 and $17,417 per annum for the same work.

Schools will vote on June 19.

Following the ballot, members will take protected industrial action before the end of Term 2.

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