Catholic teachers to walk off job

TEACHERS at six Catholic schools in Wagga will walk off the job on Tuesday morning as they protest against changes the Catholic Schools Office is proposing to their conditions.

Staff at Henschke Primary School, Holy Trinity Primary School, Kildare Catholic College, Mater Dei Catholic College, Mater Dei Primary School and St Joseph's Primary School will take part in the stop work action.

A spokeswoman for the Catholic Schools Office (CSO) said schools with teachers participating in the industrial action would remain open on Tuesday morning with supervision provided.

Parents should contact schools for individual arrangements.

In a letter sent to parents last week, Independent Education Union (IEU) general secretary John Quessy said the action was being undertaken as a result of concerns raised over the CSO's push to deregulate the teaching environment.

"The IEU ... is deeply concerned that many hard won gains over the years, such as protection around class sizes and provision of support for students with additional needs, may be lost if Catholic employers proceed with an extremely deregulatory approach," he wrote.

"This attempt to strip back the working conditions of teachers and support staff, with its likely adverse impact on teaching and learning, is not occurring in NSW government schools or in independent schools."

Teachers participating in the industrial action will gather at the Civic Theatre on Tuesday morning.


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