Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Teachers at 'Boiling Point'; 'This Has Never Been Done before in Australian History'

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Teachers at 'Boiling Point'; 'This Has Never Been Done before in Australian History'

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FOR four hours on Monday thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff from 350 schools across NSW and the ACT will stop work.

This will be the next round of industrial action to protest Catholic employers' refusal to strike a bargain.

"The mood of members has lifted with more than 100 additional schools taking part in this second round of action following a series of stop works in early November," IEU secretary John Quessy said.

Mr Quessy said members were at "boiling point" after employers took the unprecedented action of putting an enterprise agreement to the vote without gaining union endorsement. The employers' vote is due to begin on Tuesday, December 5.

"This has never been done before in Australian history. Catholic employers are coming for our members' rights and they will not tolerate that. We are urging a 'no' vote," he said.

"It is clear they want absolute power over their employees and the members are standing firm against this. …

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