Tuesday, 1st November, 2011
By Kurtis Eichler
Parent’s are being told to contact their child’s school for information on whether they will have supervision during tomorrow’s teachers strike.
The NSW Teachers’ Federation stopwork meeting will be held from 8:30am to 10:30am tomorrow at the Musicians’ Club.
Education department spokesman, Grant Hatch, said the industrial action will vary between schools.
“Each school will deliver their parents printed information,” Mr Hatch said.
“If parents have got any questions, they should contact their school directly.”
However, the BDT understands that the BH Public School and Willyama High will be closed until 10:30am.
NSW Teachers’ Federation representative, Maureen Clark, said tomorrow’s meeting was “very important” for teachers in the city.
“It is a matter of urgency that we begin our salary negotiations with the State Government,” Mrs Clark said.
“Normally, salary negotiations will begin three months prior to the expiry of the current award. The current award expires at the end of December.
“So normally, we should have begun negotiations in September.”
Mrs Clark said that without an offer from the State Government teachers have to wait longer for their new award to begin.
“It could start as late as they want to drag it out,” she said.
“The Teachers Federation has already written to the minister to ask to negotiate, but the Government has failed to respond.
“This failure to negotiate is not responsible or acceptable.”
Local MP John Williams said he did not have any input into the industrial agreements and that teachers had a democratic right to strike.