Marist College teachers strike
ABOUT 20 Marist College Emerald teachers went on strike yesterday in protest at stalling enterprise agreement negotiations with their Catholic education employers.
Independent Education Union Marist representatives Cathie Morwood and Morag Hyslop addressed the striking teachers at an organised lunch.
It was there the representatives outlined their main concerns which include rejecting the offered 2.7% pay increase offer and requirements around compulsory medical checks which have been branded as unfair.
"Today is about showing our employer we are serious," Mrs Morwood said. "We have to convince our employers that we are serious."
The teachers rejected the proposed increase to preparation and correction time in classrooms which their employer said should be increased to 18 hours.
Talks have been ongoing between the union and Catholic Education since February and Mrs Hyslop said an offer had been made that if the dispute was resolved by October 19, the teachers would be back-paid the 2.7% wage increase.
"That's not a negotiation," Mrs Hyslop said.
The school remained open with Years 8 and 9 the only classes taught. Years 10, 11 and 12 students were given the day as exam preparation.
The Marist dispute is separate to that of state school teachers embroiled in their own enterprise agreement negotiations with the State Government.
Those teachers will this afternoon march from the Emerald State High School to the Rotary Park on Hospital Rd.
Mrs Hylsop and Mrs Morwood said they supported the state teachers' campaign.