Thousands of members in Catholic systemic schools took industrial action and participated in rallies throughout November to make sure employers heard their voice protesting attempts to push through an enterprise agreement which does not guarantee the right to arbitration and does not address other Union demands.
IEU Secretary John Quessy said Union members must not vote ‘yes’ to any enterprise agreement presented by employers and not endorsed by the IEU. He urged members not to be swayed by blackmail linking the delayed pay rise to the vote.
Rallies were held in Sydney, Parramatta, Gymea, Bateau Bay, Canberra, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Armidale, Tamworth, Albury, Wagga Wagga, Campbelltown, Wollongong, Bathurst and Tomakin. There were also stop work meetings at St Bernard's Catholic Primary School Berowra Heights, Good Shepard Primary School Plumpton, and St Joseph's Primary School Bulahdelah. Here’s some of what was said at the Sydney and Parramatta rallies: