Teachers plan campaign

SCHOOLS will be closed for the first two days of Term One next year unless the Government listens to teachers' demands.

Hundreds of teachers across the Coffs Coast voted unanimously yesterday to continue industrial action into early 2009, unless the State Government commits to a satisfactory solution to staffing issues.

NSW Teachers Federation regional organiser, Wayne Webber, said all meetings voted unanimously to continue the political, industrial and legal campaign to secure the reinstatement of a transfer system for staff, a reasonable salary increase and a guarantee that TAFE teaching qualifications will not be downgraded.

If a suitable solution is not reached, then teachers will strike for 48 hours on January 28 and 29.

President of the Coffs Harbour Teachers Association, Michael Hepi, said there were more than 200 members at the Coffs Harbour meeting, and close to 100 at Woolgoolga in support of the move.

“Teachers are tired of the rhetoric, they tell us we're deserving of improved pay, well it's time to put your money where your mouth is,” he said.



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