Teachers to protest over pay and conditions

SIMMERING tensions about pay, conditions and job security will come to the boil when Catholic teachers stop work for an hour tomorrow morning.

Independent Education Union (IEU) General Secretary John Quessy said teachers from 19 schools in the Lismore Diocese will take part in the stoppage.

"Members are assembling to protest the insulting and disrespectful proposal made by Catholic employers," IEU General Secretary John Quessy said.

"They are also demonstrating their desire to protect the quality teaching and learning that they provide in schools. They have built this capacity which is now being threatened by the employer proposal," Mr Quessy said.

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Mr Quessy said teachers are fighting to preserve hard-won conditions that enhance teaching and learning for students.

"The current employer proposals would lead to larger classes, less time for lesson preparation and less resources in the classroom," he said.

Lismore IEU Organiser Steve Bergan is hoping the stoppage will bring catholic employers to the table.

"We're hopingthat this intervention will force the employer to negotiate around current salaries and conditions rather than those contained in their draconian proposal," Mr Bergand said.

Stop work meetings are being held between 9.30am and 10.30am across the region.

In Coffs Harbour Catholic teachers will meet at the Coast Hotel.



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