Teachers strike over public education workloads and salaries
A deadlock persists after thousands of teachers at NSW public schools took to the streets of Sydney to demand better wages and conditions, but Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says the demands are unreasonable.
Teachers marched through Sydney’s CBD on Tuesday, claiming schools were burdened with high workloads, staff shortages and unreasonable salaries, amid union pressure for an annual salary increase of up to 7.5 %.
The NSW government has proposed a 2.5% pay rise, a maximum it can offer under current policy.
The strike, which closed more than 350 schools, was hailed as a success by the NSW Teachers Federation.
Union President Angelo Gavrielatos in A declaration who warns of further industrial action, said it was now up to Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet to avoid further disruption.
“Mr Perrottet needs to carefully consider the anger and concern displayed today by teachers and principals in all corners of New South Wales,” said Gavrielatos.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell blamed the union for creating more disruption in public education than the pandemic for this term.
“I think this is doing our hard working teaching profession a disservice. It really pits teachers, families and students against each other, ”Mitchell told the ABC.
Mitchell also wants wage negotiations to take place through the Industrial Relations Commission.
The teachers’ strike came alongside a second day of collective action by the tram and bus union, which was on strike over pay and safety reasons.
NSW invests $ 15 million to place more teachers in rural and remote schools