Teachers vote to continue striking

TEACHERS across the Coffs Coast have voted unanimously to continue industrial action into the beginning of next year unless the State Government agrees to sit down for meaningful negotiations.

More than 250 teachers met at the Coffs Ex-Services Club yesterday morning during a two-hour stop work meeting to discuss issues regarding staffing, salaries and qualifications standards.

Coffs Harbour Teachers Association president and state councillor for NSW Teachers Federation, Michael Hepi, said it was successful meeting.

“It went really, really well. All 250 teachers voted unanimously to support the recommendation,” he said.

Premier Morris Iemma yesterday slammed the action, calling it “irresponsible and out of touch.”

“There is no case for this, they got a pay rise of just over four per cent in January and the EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) doesn't expire until the end of the year. It is grossly irresponsible,” he told reporters in Sydney.



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