Catholic Education Employers Declare an ‘Impasse’ to Industrial Negotiations

Representatives of Tasmanian Catholic Education Employers today met with the Independent Education Union (IEU) in Hobart to discuss ongoing claims relating to employment conditions for Catholic School employees.

Despite re-visiting a number of issues with the IEU in good faith, satisfactory agreement was unable to be negotiated in relation to the issues surrounding school support staff, pastoral care, and redundancy pay.

“We explained our financial situation in great detail to the IEU delegation and are satisfied that they have a better appreciation of our position. Unfortunately, both parties have agreed that we have reached an impasse,” said Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania, Dr Trish Hindmarsh.

“We have made a generous but affordable offer during the negotiations, including agreement on more than 40 claims made by the IEU on behalf of its Tasmanian members, costing millions of extra dollars over the life of a new Enterprise Agreement.”

Representatives of Tasmanian Catholic Education Employers will now take steps to produce an Enterprise Agreement that will be offered to Tasmanian Catholic School employees for their endorsement via a ballot process. The Australian Electoral Commission will conduct the ballot.