Local catholic schools operational despite statewide strikes

St Marys Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi students shouldn’t see any disruption to their usual school schedules, with classes still running as normal during the state-wide teacher strikes this Thursday.

At St. Mary’s Parish School, Goondiwindi and St. Maria Goretti’s Catholic School in Inglewood, administrative staff say everything will run as normal with students remaining unaffected by the strikes.

Teachers are protesting a 10-month-long wage dispute, claiming Queensland teachers are nearly $7000 per year worse off than counterparts in New South Wales.

“No action will be taken and classes will run as per usual, nothing changes,” says a spokesperson for St. Mary’s.

“The strikes won’t affect the school day and parents should know this won’t disrupt the opening of the school or any student,” concurs a spokesperson for St. Maria Goretti.

Executive Director for Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, Dr Patrick Coughlan says he has consulted with principals across the region and all schools will remain open during the full-day strike with teacher supervision in place.

“We are aware that some of our schools have provided advice to parents to keep their children at home if possible but all our schools will provide supervision should parents have no other options,” Dr Coughlan explains

“The majority of staff are keen to resolve the bargaining process in a reasonable and considered way. We respect the rights of employees to take this industrial action but employers have tabled a fair offer in these negotiations.”

“We hope to find a resolution in the future but importantly, all our schools will be open, which minimises disruption to parents and students.”

Independent Education Union secretary Terry Burke says eleven group rallies will take place over the next few days and it’s up to schools if they decide to remain open.

“Queensland Catholic school employers need to stop their smoke and mirrors approach and try to mask the reality of wage issues,” Mr Burke explains.

“It is a deliberate act of Queensland employers to pocket the income and not pay their teachers comparable rates. It’s our last resort to take a stand.”

Schools will remain open on Thursday across Goondiwindi and will ensure minimal disruption to students during their school day.