Teachers plan statewide walkout

TWEED teachers will strike next week as part of a statewide protest led by the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation Teachers in the Tweed region who are union members will strike for 24 hours on Thursday, September 8.

The action will protest against the State Government’s public sector wage changes.  

A spokeswoman from the NSW Teachers Federation Lismore office, which represents Tweed teachers, said the teachers would rally behind this cause.  

“There will be a rally in Lismore for all North Coast teachers, including Tweed teachers next Thursday,” said the spokeswoman.  

“The rally will be held at Riverside Park and we will assemble at 10.30am.  

“There will be a march followed by speeches and we have buses of people coming from the North Coast.”  

NSW Teachers’ Federation president Bob Lipscombe said the union had directed its members to stop work on Thursday.  

“The O’Farrell Government has failed to respond to calls from the Teachers Federation, Unions NSW and unions representing firefighters, nurses, police and other public sector workers to reverse the changes to NSW industrial relations legislation,” Mr Lipscombe said.  

“For teachers, the legislative changes passed by the O’Farrell Government mean the denial of the right for public education teachers to have their salaries and working conditions case heard before an independent commission.   

“This is a right available to every other non-public sector employee in NSW, including teachers in private schools,” he said.  

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