The union is close to entering into new Enterprise Agreements (EAS) that will apply to workers in NSW and ACT Catholic schools. The union has conducted important negotiations with the Catholic Industrial Relations Commission, and we are now in a position to approve, in late October or early November, a new enterprise agreement NSW and ACT Catholic Systemic Systemic Enterprise Agreement 2020 for their vote by workers. The union has met with the Catholic Labour Relations Board (CCER) for a new enterprise agreement that will apply to teachers and support staff from January 2020. The CCER has so far accepted a number of the union`s demands, but many key issues remain unresolved. Teachers and facilitators voted to suspend work bans at 196 Catholic schools in Queensland and prevent chaos in classrooms across the state after their employers threatened the lockout. Learn about the progress of agreements in Catholic and NSW Christian schools. The NSW government has responded to the IEU`s requests for new guidelines for acceptable activities in NSW schools. NSW Health today released this new guide to eligible activities in NSW schools. The IEU estimates that two schools in Newcastle, St Pius X, Adamstown and St Francis Xavier, Hamilton, are now closed due to thorough cleaning, after cases of coVID-19 were confirmed among the students.

Between the two schools, the union has more than 220 members. A letter was distributed to catholic school parents about the impending strike by Catholic school staff. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced the partial reopening of schools by May 11. But are schools ready to reopen and, as the Prime Minister has said, our children`s education is really on hold? IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary, Mark Northam, advises on what a safe and orderly transition would be, and explains what Leading Education Researcher Professor John Hattie really has to say about the impact of distance learning. Catholic schools around NSW and the ACT are mobilizing to protest CCER`s refusal to grant access to an independent arbitrator in their recent enterprise agreement. IUE members have the opportunity to move forward discussions on increasing staff salaries. Assistance staff in systemic Catholic schools are invited to participate in a series of virtual meetings. The new EA Systemic Catholic Schools said they were being published this week for discussion in chapter sessions. The IEU has received confirmation from the Catholic Commission for Industrial Relations (CCER) that the 11 dioceses are prepared to pay the 2.5% increase in salaries of headteachers, teachers and support staff of NSW catholic schools and the ACT since January 1, 2020. This update provides members with an overview of discussions with the Association for Independent Schools (AIS) on new enterprise agreements for 2021 and beyond.