Catholic schools to be hit by strike

Trish Hindmarsh

Trish Hindmarsh

CATHOLIC school classes will be disrupted next Thursday when almost 400 teachers strike.

The ongoing wage condition, home room and redundancy battle between the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office and members of the Independent Education Union has led to a 24-hour stop-work action.

A meeting in Hobart yesterday failed to reach a negotiated conclusion.

The Tasmanian Catholic Education Office will draw up a new enterprise agreement to be offered to its employees via a ballot process.

Catholic Education director Trish Hindmarsh said it was unable to bargain further.

‘‘We explained our financial situation in great detail to the IEU delegation and are satisfied that they have a better appreciation of our position,’’ Dr Hindmarsh said.

‘‘Unfortunately both parties have agreed that we have reached an impasse.’’

Independent Education Union assistant  secretary Angela Briant said inflammatory steps had been taken by the TCEO.

She said the Enterprise Agreement Ballot would be defeated.

‘‘The purpose of (yesterday’s) meeting was to try and find a middle path to avoid further disruption to school communities, but TCEO had made it clear that was never going to happen,’’ she said.

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