Fury as 85 school staff read they had been sacked in newspaper

Nov 29, 2017 by

Amy Mitchell-Whittington –

Dozens of people rallied outside a Uniting Church office in Brisbane after more than half the staff at a Townsville Indigenous school were given the sack.

The group of about 50, brought together by the Independent Education Union, stood outside the Milton office on Thursday morning calling for compensation for the 85 teachers let go at Shalom Christian College.

According to IEU Queensland president Andrew Elphinstone, the teachers found out their jobs would not be renewed next year from a story published in a Townsville newspaper last Monday.

“It is a shame they haven’t had a chance to solve the problems, they are just walking away from it,” he said.

It is understood approximately 125 staff were employed at the school, with 85 cut as of next year in line with the closure of Shalom’s secondary school and boarding facilities.

“The interesting thing for the school is that they are catering for this difference but now they are walking away because it is too hard to support the kids,” Mr Elphinstone.

Source: Fury as 85 school staff read they had been sacked in newspaper

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