Teachers were on strike Monday morning. Wharf St, Murwillumbah.
Teachers were on strike Monday morning. Wharf St, Murwillumbah.

Mount St Pat's teachers strike

TEACHERS at Murwillumbah's Mount St Patrick Catholic College and Mt St Patrick Primary have warned that there could be further industrial action "unless a sensible and fair response from the Catholic employers comes soon".

It comes after the local teachers were among those from 400 NSW private schools to hold a one hour stop work meeting on Monday morning.

The stop work meeting between 8.30am - 9.30am was for an update on protracted Enterprise Agreement negotiations.

School staff were angered by what they say was being the only schools in the state and Lismore Diocese not to be allowed to meet on school grounds.

Mr Steve Bergan, IEU Organiser for the North Coast said: "If this was to put IEU members off taking part in the stop work action it has back fired spectacularly" said .

"Our members have shown they will not be intimidated," said General Secretary John Quessy, when hearing of the strong action taken by members.

The industrial action follows previous stoppages by Independent Education Union (IEU) members in July and August to protest a proposed enterprise agreement by Catholic employers.

Staff say despite lengthy negotiations with Catholic employers, progress has been extremely disappointing.

The union says outstanding issues include those that would impact on teachers' and support and operational staff's ability to provide a quality education for students, such as limits on class sizes, remain unresolved.

They also include workload, professional development on weekends and in school holidays and support and operational staff pay and conditions.



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