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Catholic school teachers threaten strike action


The Independent Education Union says Catholic school teachers in the ACT will take further strike action if their claim for better pay and conditions is not met.

About 400 teachers from some of the 27 schools managed by the Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese attended a stop work meeting yesterday to discuss their concerns.

The group unanimously supported pursuing a claim for a class limit of 21 pupils, wage parity with their NSW counterparts and a better superannuation scheme.

Union general secretary Dick Shearman said the members are determined to have their concerns addressed.

"It's not an easy job, it's a very difficult job and teachers very reluctantly take this sort of action," he said. "But in the interests of their profession they'll take further action and we're confident of that if they need to make sure that they're listened to."

The Catholic Education Office has already agreed to immediately match an interim pay rise offered to government school teachers.

SOURCE
Catholic school teachers threaten strike action (ABC/Yahoo)

LINKS
Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
National Catholic Education Commission
Catholic school teachers threaten strike action (ABC)
Catholic teachers to stop work in some states (17/9/03)
Catholic teachers threaten stopwork (15/9/03)

23 Oct 2003