Teachers frustrated by delays, with ‘unfair’ EBA

HEAR OUR VOICE: St Bernard’s Primary School teacher Glenys Jackson with her Catholic school Hume region colleagues stand united at a Ryley Street rally, brandishing placards that give a clear message. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

LOCAL Catholic school teachers are getting their voice heard in their plight for better wages and work conditions.

About 60 passionate teachers from across the region rallied outside the Catholic Education Office in Ryley Street, Wangaratta brandishing placards, chanting in harmony and listening to protest leaders on Wednesday afternoon.

They are frustrated that after 18 months of waiting, they have been confronted with an unfair “take it or leave it” enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA) offer by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV).

Teachers say the offer sacrifices key elements from the previous EBA, which expired in December 2011, to accommodate wage increases.

Independent Education Union (IEU) North East organiser, David Brear, said negotiations have “never taken this long to get the deal done” and there have been 60 meetings with CECV already.

Victorian state school teachers finally locked in their EBA five months ago and Catholic teachers want the same, without trade offs.

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