Following an unproductive meeting between teachers, support staff, the Union and management of Navitas ACT in late December, industrial action could be imminent.
Negotiations between the IEU and Navitas ACT have continued for a year but have now reached a stalemate.
Navitas took over the federally funded program provided to migrant and refugee services in the ACT at the start of 2015.
Previously the services had been provided by TAFE and staff were employed by the public service.
IEU teachers rep Jakki Cashman (pictured above) said the transition was “a shocking blow’ to many.
The change meant a drop in pay and a loss of sick leave and other conditions.
Classes are provided in the same building, so Jakki and her colleagues now endure working next door to TAFE teachers who are receiving much better pay and conditions but providing virtually the same service.