TAFE teachers to strike again

TEACHERS across the State will continue to strike into next year unless the NSW Government resolves the longstanding TAFE dispute.

Coffs Coast teachers joined thousands of TAFE teachers across NSW on Wednesday in stop-work meetings to decide if further industrial action would be taken.

They voted overwhelmingly in favour of continuing action into 2010 if the dispute is not resolved.

Teachers’ Federation president Bob Lipscombe said the Federation is alarmed TAFE teachers still face changes to their work conditions which ironically would not have been possible under the Howard government’s discredited Workchoices legislation.

“These include valuing five additional working hours at less than $3 per hour and requiring teachers to fund annual leave from their long service leave entitlement,” Mr Lipscombe said.

“We also know that teachers in schools will face an attack on their conditions if these changes in TAFE are not challenged. We call on the new premier to take steps immediately to complete negotiations with the Federation to resolve this dispute.”

In the absence of a resolution, TAFE teachers have resolved to refuse to accept the changed working conditions from the commencement of the 2010 TAFE year.

Teachers, including school teacher delegates, voted to support statewide industrial action early in the 2010 TAFE/school year.



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