Chapters in Queensland Catholic schools
have overwhelmingly endorsed the recent advisory ballot on possible industrial
action. 96% of members voted to proceed to the formal Australian Electoral
Commission ballot process that is required to authorise industrial action.
Formal applications were made this week to begin the next stage of the AEC
process for our chapters who have endorsed the Advisory ballot.
The prolonged negotiations and repeated employer rejection of our issues has
left members with no other option than to consider possible action in the new
school term. Employers are yet to resolve provisions to tackle teacher workload, measures to fully value our school officers and middle and senior leaders
and have not taken steps to honor a 30-year commitment to public sector
wages parity. Our members are not prepared to leave these issues unresolved and we will ensure our voice is heard. To keep up to date with our
Catholic campaign visit our website. Our union congratulates our long-term member
and activist Karyl Young, who has received the 2019 Emma Miller Award for
her contribution to our union, presented in honor of eponymous union hero Emma
Miller. Since 1987, the Queensland Council of Unions has presented the Emma Miller
Award to a remarkable woman activist from each affiliate union who
exemplifies Emma’s union spirit. Karyl was chosen as our union’s Award
recipient due to her tenacity, commitment to social justice and history of
fighting for fairness in our schools and our sector more broadly. Look out for a
full story of Karyl’s award in the next IV.