Coffs teachers to stop for talks

COFFS Coast teachers are putting down the chalk and walking out of the classroom again tomorrow, despite securing a hefty pay rise last week.

After a long campaign of industrial action last year, the State Government has agreed to a 12.5 per cent pay rise for teachers over three years.

On Friday, a stop-work meeting from 8.45am to 10.30am will see teachers in Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca vote on whether to accept the negotiated settlement.

In a statement on its website, the NSW Teachers Federation praised its members' threat to 'take strike action if required at the beginning of the school year' as the linchpin in securing the pay rise.

Friday's stop-work meeting will see only minimal supervision at Coffs Coast schools until 10.30am.

State Opposition education spokesman, Adrian Piccoli, said this latest stop-work meeting should be put off, given the new school year is only a fortnight old.

“There's plenty of scope for this meeting to occur outside of school hours or other ways for the Teachers Federation to consult with their members,” Mr Piccoli told the ABC.

The meeting will be broadcast to RSL clubs across the Coffs Coast on Friday.



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