IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke (Photo: IEUA)

July 31, 2020

Teachers and school support staff have narrowly voted to reject proposed new enterprise agreements at 26 Lutheran schools in Queensland.

Fifty-three per cent of votes in a recent ballot of employees rejected the proposed agreement.

About 75 per cent of eligible staff took part in the vote.

Independent Education Union – Queensland and Northern Territory (IEUA-QNT) Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the union had advised employees to vote no.

The union claims the agreement would have resulted in “inferior and substandard working conditions”, a claim rejected by Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ).

“This is the first time employees in Queensland Lutheran schools have voted no in such a process and they have done so to protect their professional future,” Mr Burke said.

“LEQ must now come back to the negotiating the table to achieve an outcome that respects and recognises the work of its employees.”

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