Catholics call for compassionate conditions
Catholic school teachers from regional Victoria say they are being left behind by their state-sector counterparts, pushing for a pay rise and improved entitlements.
The less-than-exalted position of teachers in religious schools is being tackled on their behalf by the Independent Education Union.
Teachers say their employer, the Catholic Education Commission, has stalled talks and made an agreement difficult. The educators only want the same deal as was recently given to state school teachers in an agreement over wages and conditions earlier this year.
Independent Education Union representative Andrew Mckenzie-McHarg says there are still some unsatisfactory conditions that the union wants amended.
“The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria, our employer, have been unwilling to move from those positions and those positions relate to some conditions relating to office admin staff, long service leave entitlements and sick leave entitlements,” he said.