TEACHERS at Albury Catholic schools will this morning put classes on hold to protest proposed changes to their working conditions including shorter lunch breaks and fewer sick days.
Staff from Xavier High School, Holy Spirit School and St Patrick’s Parish School will take part in a stop-work meeting at the Commercial Club, along with those from about 15 other schools in the Wagga Diocese.
Regular classes are expected to be held at Holy Spirit School and St Patrick’s Parish School while only limited supervision will be provided at Xavier High School for students in years 7, 10, 11 and 12, and there will be no supervision for those students in years 8 and 9.
Classes will resume at 11.20am.
NSW ACT Independent Education Union Riverina branch organiser Lyn Caton said the strike was a reaction to changes proposed by the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations at the end of last term.
Ms Caton said changes include cutting lunch breaks, a reduction in sick leave days and unequal pay.
“They say they need to give more power to individual schools and deregulate but they are imposing more regulations,” she said.
“They are taking things away that are working well only to replace them with nothing.”