Wollongong diocese Catholic schools vote to strike

Almost 90 per cent of Catholic schools in the Wollongong diocese have voted to strike in July to draw attention to their negotiations with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations.

On July 17, Independent Education Union members from 31 schools from the diocese, which stretches from Campbelltown almost to Batemans Bay and west to Bundanoon, will stop work for three hours and gather at a venue in Wollongong.

At the stop work event, members will sign a petition to present to the Wollongong Catholic Education Office director, asking them to intervene with the commission on behalf of IEU members in the Wollongong diocese in negotiations over current salaries and working conditions.

Teachers will return to school by midday.

Executive director of the Commission Tony Farley said the industrial action created ‘‘unnecessary anxiety’’ and that the proposed new enterprise agreement was up for discussion.

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