Teachers Keryn Staley, Matt Plumb, Jane Roberts and Kate Vincent at the Catholic schools rally.
Teachers Keryn Staley, Matt Plumb, Jane Roberts and Kate Vincent at the Catholic schools rally. Scottie Simmonds

Teachers' strike goes ahead

BUNDABERG Catholic teachers met yesterday at Brothers Sports Club to discuss the Queensland Catholic Education Commission's (QCEC) rejection of their compromise offer.

The 4% pay rise offer, countering QCEC's 2.7% offer, was made at a meeting in Brisbane on Tuesday to try to avert yesterday's strike.

Independent Education Union lead organiser Nick Holliday, who addressed about 100 Bundaberg teachers yesterday morning, said the teachers felt their concerns were being ignored by the Rockhampton Diocese, which controls Bundaberg's Catholic schools.

"They feel the committee is not genuinely negotiating," Mr Holliday said.

"They refused to consider the offer.

"We made a counter offer but it was ignored. That is why the strike went ahead."

Catholic Education Rockhampton Diocese director Leesa Jeffcoat said the meeting was constructive and assisted both parties to obtain a better understanding of their positions.

"Our representatives took away from the meeting a clearer understanding of what union representatives are seeking," Miss Jeffcoat said.

"We continue to demonstrate a preparedness to negotiate in a fair and responsible manner and are committed to ensuring teachers are justly remunerated for their professionalism and commitment as our finances allow.

"We recognise the right of employees to take industrial action."