Messages of support

IEU branches from around the country have sent messages of solidarity to IEU NSW/ACT members as they take industrial action over a dispute with the Catholic Commission of Employment Relations, who are denying Catholic school teachers and support staff the right to arbitration.

Messages of support were also received from Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese MP (pictured above top left), Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens MP, State Member for Granville Julia Finn MP, State Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp MP (pictured above: top right), Federal Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson MP (pictured above bottom right), State Member for Liverpool Paul Lynch MP, Federal Member for Scullin Andrew Giles MP (pictured above: bottom right), Peter Primrose MLC, Parramatta Labor Councillor Patricia Prociv and social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

Messages from IEU branches

IEU Victoria Tasmania stands with our comrades in NSW. We commend your determination and strength in this protracted dispute. We deplore the stance that your Catholic employer representatives have taken again in bargaining, particularly their opposition to ensuring that you continue to have access, as is your right, to an independent umpire. Why are they so afraid of re-committing to a protection that you have always had? The right to arbitration is a final step in a disputes process, and a natural step. It does not increase disputation, it serves to resolve disputes.

Stay strong, stay united, and you will win. Solidarity.

Deb James, General SecretaryIEUA VicTas Branch

What a surprise - Catholic employers prefer to deal with disputes in-house.

Is this fair? is this just? Is this transparent? We don’t think so.

The Fair Work Commission is the independent umpire established to transparently and objectively make decisions on matters in dispute.

IEUA members in Western Australia urge the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations to listen to what so many of their employees and their union are saying - the right to seek arbitration is fair and reasonable.

Angela Briant, General Secretary
IEUA WA Branch

It ain’t rocket science.

You don’t have any rights you can’t enforce.

In the interests of objectivity and closure, all industrial matters that can’t be agreed by negotiation and conciliation must be able to be resolved by an independent umpire through arbitration.

This cannot rely on the agreement of one of the protagonists.

The SA Branch of the IEU supports and applauds your strong stand against the hubris and arrogance of the employers as they hold themselves out to be above the law ... to be judge, jury and executioner in matters in dispute.

Stay strong...your issue is important locally and nationally.

Glen Seidel, General Secretary
IEUA SA Branch

IEU members are congratulated for their solidarity and resolve in the face of the Catholic employers’ attack on fundamental worker rights. Our members in Queensland know from their 15 month campaign that Catholic employers do not listen until industrial action forces them to understand that they are wrong and need to change their position. All strength to the members as you defend worker rights.

Terry Burke, General SecretaryIEUA-QNT Branch

From Canada

On behalf of the 45,000 members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), I am writing to express our unreserved support for your stop work action. We have been following your dispute with the Catholic Commission on Employment Relations closely, hopeful that a satisfactory and fair resolution would be soon reached. And while we are disappointed this has not been the case, we deeply appreciate your members’ tenacity and commitment in fighting for their rights. The right to arbitration is at the core of a fair collective agreement. We proudly stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Australia as they further the cause for workers’ rights and unionism with this action. We will continue to monitor the situation, hopeful that a resolution will be reached presently.

Liz Stuart, President, OECTA