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Community rally to support Langports English College teachers as industrial dispute continues

Brisbane, Queensland -

WHAT: Rally of union and community members in support of teachers who were recently locked out of their workplace simply for wearing a badge.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday, 10 June 2019 3:30pm outside Langports English College – 33 Herschel Street, Brisbane 4000.

WHY: After over 12 months of ongoing negotiations over wages and workplace conditions, the industrial dispute between teachers at Langports English College and their employer continues. Langports English College became the first employer in the Queensland Education sector to lock out its teachers without pay late last month on the basis of employees simply wearing a badge.

Members of the Independent Education Union (IEUA-QNT), other Queensland unions and the community will rally again on Monday, 10 June 2019 outside Langports English College in support of teachers who were recently locked out by their employer – simply for wearing a badge.

This is the second rally in as many weeks and comes after over 12 months of ongoing negotiations regarding teacher wages and workplace conditions at the College.

At the rally, IEU members will be calling on Langports English College to recognise, respect and reward their employees instead of continuing to ignore key concerns over workplace conditions.

Teachers at the College were recently locked out for 3.5 days without pay, simply for taking protected industrial action in the form of wearing a badge which read “3Rs: Recognise, Respect, Reward”

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said the employer’s response to members’ action had been entirely disproportionate in escalating to lockout action instead of listening to employees’ fair claims.

The Langports lockout was the first time any teachers in the Queensland education sector were locked out by their employer.

“This is the first time we’ve seen a lockout occur in the education sector in Queensland,” Mr Burke said.

“It is outrageous that any employer would lock out its staff without pay for simply for wearing a badge,” he said.

Members were forced to take protected industrial action as negotiations stalled over the employer’s refusal to address key claims, including: fair wage increases; paid marking and preparation time for casuals; and dispute resolution provisions for employees.

“Employees have made their position clear. It’s now time for the employer to come to the bargaining table and seriously address these key issues,” Mr Burke said.

Langports English College is part of the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector that provides English language courses and programs for students aged 16 and over.

The international education sector is one of Australia’s biggest exports, yet the workforce is highly casualised and insecure with many experienced teachers only paid the minimum wage.

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The Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch represents more than 17,000 education professionals across Queensland and the Northern Territory. www.qieu.asn.au

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Contact Details

Media contact: Laura Wise, IEUA-QNT Communications Manager: lwise@qieu.asn.au / 0419 653 131.

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