Teachers meet in school hours to discuss their pay

TEACHERS and office staff from public schools across the Northern Rivers will stop work tomorrow to have their say on the O'Farrell government's NSW Public Sector Wages Policy.

Meetings will be held across the region from Byron Bay to Woodenbong where staff will hear a report from Teachers Association Presidential Officers.

NSW Teachers Federation relieving media and communications officer Julie Moon said members will vote on a recommendation for a new salaries and conditions award in the two hour meeting.

"The stop-work meeting is to let our membership vote on our three year award agreement with the Department of Education," she said.

"We are looking at various aspects of our salaries and principal reclassification."

The award provides for pay increases about 2.5% over each of the three years, which Ms Moon said the Teachers Federation were opposed to.

She said many members had expressed concern over plans by the O'Farrell government to scrap the employer's superannuation contribution in favour of a self-funded model where teachers pay their own contributions.

"We are never happy with the policy of the coalition government to have a 2.5% capped increase as legislation."

"Certainly with the superannuation self-funding that's something that we are very unhappy about."

Despite the limits negotiated in the award, Ms Moon said the Teachers Federation would accept what the O'Farrell government had offered.

"It's a negotiated agreement... it's been passed by our executive and they recommended it be brought to our membership."

Minimal supervision will be provided in all schools while staff attend meetings.


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