The NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 and Catholic Independent Schools (Support Staff) Multi-Enterprise Agreements contain a long-standing entitlement to an additional holiday for general employees who work 48 weeks per year.
The additional holiday is observed on the Thursday before Easter but may be observed on an alternative date in the year if agreed by employees and the employer.
This provision is found in clause 35.2 in the NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Schools Enterprise Agreement 2020 or under Public Holidays in the applicable NSW Catholic Independent Schools support staff Multi-Enterprise Agreements.
Members approached the IEU recently to ask about this entitlement. It hadn’t been mentioned in their workplace and there is a concern that eligible members have missed out on the additional holiday. This will need to be rectified and the union has commenced the process.
If you are a general employee in a Catholic school, required to work 48 weeks per year and your employer has not made you aware of the holiday, you should request that the holiday be observed on an alternative date before the end of the 2021 school year.
Contact your IEU organiser for further clarification and assistance.