Catholic teachers to strike tomorrow over wages and workload
CATHOLIC school teachers across Ipswich will stop work tomorrow for two hours as a battle for better work conditions and higher pay continues.
Almost 400 unionised teachers from 12 schools across Ipswich will stop work from 11am to 1pm.
They will take part in the action with more than 6600 school union members from 178 schools across Queensland.
Independent Education Union Queensland and Northern Territory Branch secretary Terry Burke said teachers had no choice but to strike.
He said the state's most experienced Catholic teachers were currently underpaid compared to their NSW counterparts.
"Members will no longer accept a situation where a Queensland Catholic school teacher in their ninth year of teaching earns $84,279 compared with the NSW rate of $91,071," he said.
In Ipswich, members will meet at the Prince Alfred Hotel during the strike as negotiations for a new agreement remain unresolved.
Ipswich schools authorised to stop work tomorrow include:
- All Saints School
- Immaculate Heart School
- Sacred Heart School
- St Brigid's Primary School
- St Francis Xavier's School
- St Mary's College
- St Mary's School
- St Peter Claver College
- St Augustine's College
- Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre
- Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School
- St Edmunds College