Public and private school teachers in NSW and ACT set to strike for 24 hours

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Teachers in NSW and the ACT will go on strike for 24 hours after two education unions voted unanimously for action at a landmark meeting on June 21.

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) has called on all members working in public and private schools in NSW and the ACT to join members of the Teachers’ Federation on June 30 for a day-long strike.

The decision was made after leaders of the two unions came together for the first time for a joint meeting on a variety of issues impacting the teaching industry, such as salaries and unmanageable workloads. .

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The strike is the latest industrial action to have an impact on the Perrottet government and the second time teachers have walked off the job this year.

IEU NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam addressed a rally in NSW Parliament today, saying the fact a meeting was due to take place between the two unions was an indication of the current seriousness of the education industry.

“That should tell you that we are in a serious situation in education across NSW…and the ACT as well,” he said.

“We have teachers standing between classrooms, we have teachers standing in hallways, we have teachers teaching multiple classes.

“The goodwill that keeps our schools running right now is evaporating.”

Teachers from public and private schools are invited to walk together on June 30. Credit: Twitter/Teachers Federation

According to the NSW government, the state has the largest public education system in the country, with a vacancy rate in these schools below 3%.

The government also says NSW teacher salaries are above the average for Australian state school teachers.

Northam said there were currently several hundred teaching vacancies in Catholic schools in NSW that were unsolicited.

“There just aren’t enough teachers on the ground to teach in New South Wales and the ACT.”

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