School staff protest over agreements
SCHOOL cleaners and teacher aides took out their frustrations on the glassed front of the Executive Building in Brisbane on Friday in protest against the LNP altered their work agreements.
The rowdy group of about 40 plastered the walls with stickers attacking Premier Campbell Newman, many with "He Lied" stamped across his face.
On one end, the stickers were arranged to spell "liar" before they were speedily removed by staff.
On Tuesday, the government removed a number of clauses from public service bargaining agreements that would allow the state to potentially outsource these previously protected jobs.
United Voice - the union that represents these workers - told members they would converge on the government offices at 12.15pm "to confront the Premier about his lies".
It said the Premier had broken an election promise by refusing to honour the agreements which could lead to the roles being done by the private sector.
On Wednesday, the union announced there would be consequences if the agreements were not changed back by Friday.
On Friday, coordinator Sharron Caddie said school cleaners and teacher aides would now run a community campaign to fight the LNP.
Industrial action was off the table but cleaners and aides would work with teachers and parents to build support for their cause.
"School cleaners do so much more than just keep the schools clean," Ms Caddie said.
"They keep an eye on the kids before or after school if their parents are late.
"They participate in fetes and they give their own time; they're highly valued."
Ms Caddie said a contract cleaning firm would do just the cleaning with the fewest staff and resources, with any extra duties potentially treated as not part of their job.
The Premier's spokesman said the government would not bow to union pressure, but invited the unions to work with the government.
"We have a positive plan to get the State's finances back on track. The union leaders are more interested in planning protests and creating mayhem," he said.
"The Premier has said all along he hopes the unions would work with the government and not against it."
Mr Caddie said the teacher aides and cleaners would turn out "in their thousands" for the combined unions day of action on September 12.