Catholic teachers lured west
A desperate shortage of primary school teachers in Western Australia has led to a recruiting campaign in Queensland for the 2008 school year.
Catholic schools in remote areas of the state have been hit hardest, but several school principals have said the situation applies across the board.
Ironically, the shortage comes at a time when an oversupply of primary trained teachers has been identified in Queensland at both state and Catholic levels.
Reasons for teacher shortages range from high wages from the mining boom to the desire to travel after years of study.
VIC teachers battle Church for better pay
Catholic School teachers may follow their state school counterparts and walk off the job if their bid for better pay is revoked.
Less than a fortnight after 20,000 public school teachers went on strike, the Catholic Teachers Union is contemplating following suit.
The Age reports the union is attempting to broker a wage deal with smaller class sizes.
A survey by the union found 70 per cent of Catholic teachers were prepared to take industrial action if talk did not go in their favour.
About 180,000 children in Victoria attend Catholic schools. According to the union survey, 85% of their teachers said they wanted a wage rise beyond 3.25%.
82% of teachers said it was important their 10 weeks of school holidays were protected.
Brisbane Catholic Education
Catholic teachers on verge of face-off with church (Melbourne Age, 03/12/07)
3 Dec 2007