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SA Catholic teachers prepare to strike


Catholic school teachers are planning to walk off the job next month in what would be the first group strike in Catholic schools in South Australia's history.

The Advertiser reports that the teachers will hold a stop-work rally on Friday 7 May, if their claims for improved workloads, reduced class sizes and better pay are not met.

The SA Catholic Schools Enterprise Agreement expired last July and the independent teachers' union and Catholic Education have not been able to reach a new agreement.

"We have waited for too long for an acceptable outcome on issues that have been well understood for a long time and ignored for a long time," Association of Non Government Education Employees secretary Glen Seidel said.

The dispute has landed in the Industrial Relations Commission, with a negotiation meeting to be held today. The union placed an advertisement in yesterday's Advertiser advising parents of the planned rally.

Mr Seidel said 2000 teachers could stop work.

"If employers can come back with something which meets our latest proposals then we would obviously pull the strike," he said.

SOURCE
Catholic teachers prepare to strike (The Advertiser 7/4/04)

LINKS
Catholic Education South Australia
The Association of Non-Government Education Employees - Independent Education Union (SA Branch) | Decisions of Catholic Reps Meeting - 31/3/04 | Catholic Rally Outcome | 7 May Stop Work Rally Notices to Principals and Parents


7 Apr 2004