Teachers to strike over pay dispute

PUBLIC schools along the Coffs Coast will grind to a halt on Wednesday as teachers become desperate to make their voices heard.

NSW Teachers Federation regional organiser Wayne Webber said teachers were angry at the NSW Government's failure to resolve the ongoing school staffing dispute and the unsatisfactory award-stripping salary offer from the Department of Education and Training.

“Both the imposed school-staffing procedures and negative cost cutting salary offer are results of poor management at the top of the Department of Education and Training and a Government that lacks a positive vision for public education,” he said.

“With 16,000 teachers retiring in the next four years, schools in country areas will struggle to find new teachers.”

“To attract and retain teachers the Government must make the job more attractive.”

“The department's staffing and salary proposals will drive current and prospective teachers out of the public system.”

Teachers in all public schools and TAFE colleges will be stopping work on Wednesday in a bid to show the NSW State Government they mean business over the staffing, salaries and teaching standards disputes.

“The Premier, Nathan Rees, must have 'a red hot go' and intervene to resolve these disputes to ensure country students continue to have access to quality teachers,” Mr Webber said.



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