Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Teachers Strike over EA; Staff 'Won't Be Held to Ransom'

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Teachers Strike over EA; Staff 'Won't Be Held to Ransom'

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Byline: Liana Turner liana.turner@tweeddailynews.com.au

TWEED Catholic school teachers were among thousands across the state who stopped work for industrial action on Monday.

Thousands of school students were kept home as rallies and industrial action meetings took place across NSW as Independent Education Union members from about 350 Catholic schools gathered to demand a new agreement, 12 months after the existing NSW and ACT Catholic System Schools Enterprise Agreement expired.

IEU Secretary John Quessy said members had reached "boiling point" as employers put forward an enterprise agreement which wasn't union-endorsed.

With a vote set to begin on Tuesday, Mr Quessy urged opposition to the agreement, which would veto the union's right to access the Fair Work Commission for arbitration.

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

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