19 June, 2022
Catholic teachers strike for pay rise
In a call to be paid their worth, around 18,000 teachers and support staff across 540 Catholic diocesan schools, committed to a full day stop work industrial action last month.
The first full-day stoppage since
2004, on May 27, teachers from St
Joseph’s Catholic School gathered with
peers in Dubbo to rally in support.
"At our school we endeavor to provide
a quality Catholic education for all
our students” said Lisa Harvey, Independent
Eudation Union (IEU) representative
at St Joseph’s Catholic School.
“While it was unfortunate that industrial
action was needed on May 27, members
felt that if we are to continue to provide
the very best for our students, then
the amount of paperwork, time for planning,
staff shortages and fair pay needed
to be addressed."
Catholic school teachers and support
staff have been joining the union in support
of its five key claims:
• Pay teachers what they’re worth (an
increase of 10 per cent to 15 per cent
over two years),
• Give support staff a fair deal (pay
parity with colleagues in public sector
• Let teachers teach – cut paperwork,
• Allow time to plan (two more hours
release from face-to-face teaching per
• End staff shortages.
“Teachers and support staff are dedicated
professionals who rarely take
industrial action,” said IEUA NSW/ACT
branch secretary Mark Northam.
“But uncompetitive salaries, unsustainable
workloads and crippling staff
shortages have pushed them beyond their
The IEU, which represents 32,000
teachers and support staff throughout
NSW and the ACT, is eagerly awaiting
the handing down of the NSW budget on
Premier Dominic Perrottet has
only recently (June 6) announced a
three per cet pay rise for all public sector
workers, however this does not meet the
“We call on all 11 dioceses to make a
realistic pay offer to teachers to meet our
claim of a 10 per cent to 15 per cent
increase over two years,” said IEUA
NSW/ACT branch president Christine
“No other Catholic employer among
the 11 dioceses has matched this move.
“Employers need to understand how
strongly our members feel about these
“Salary justice and substantially better conditions are crucial.”