Negotiations between the union for independent schools and the nation's Catholic school body have hit an impasse.
An agreement has been reached which may soon end a bitter two-year industrial dispute in the Catholic education system.
With just hours to go before a union deadline to avoid a strike expires, a verbal grenade has been lobbed into the debate.
The union representing independent schools has announced it will strike on 28 April unless its ongoing dispute with the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) is resolved by the weekend.
An amendment to the Anti-Discrimination Act has given faith-based schools the right to reject students whose families do not share their faith.
The Independent Education Union (IEU) has called upon the State Government to “repair the damage” that the past two years of frozen funding has caused.