Members in Newcastle will stop work for a second time on Wednesday, 4 December, following a two hour stop work in November. More than 50 professional officers, education officers and administrative staff working at the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese Catholic Schools Office (CSO) stopped work for two hours on 20 November.
Members in nearby schools are encouraged to support their colleagues by participating in the stop work, which is after school hours.
The dispute relates to the refusal of the employer to guarantee the full three years of CSO members’ enterprise agreement (EA) coverage, following a restructure.
Newcastle IEU Organiser Therese Fitzgibbon said the restructure saw people being moved outside of direct employment in the CSO and put onto individual contracts.
“It’s crucial for our members to maintain EA coverage and we will continue to take industrial action until such time as the employer comes with a reasonable outcome,” Therese said.
“We’re absolutely delighted by the attendance at the stop work meeting. Out of 59 potential members over 50 attended, so it’s a great outcome.
“Members voted to take further protected industrial action. We will be encouraging other members to join them at the end of their school day.”
In 2018 the diocese undertook the restructure known as Many Parts, One Body, One Mission which resulted in a group of members being stripped of their EA coverage.