Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Class Action, or Costly Lesson? Teachers Prepare to Strike on Wednesday as Demands for Better Pay and an Ongoing Dispute about Changes to Staffing Intensify, but the Education Department Says the Action Will Achieve Nothing for the Teachers' Union

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Class Action, or Costly Lesson? Teachers Prepare to Strike on Wednesday as Demands for Better Pay and an Ongoing Dispute about Changes to Staffing Intensify, but the Education Department Says the Action Will Achieve Nothing for the Teachers' Union

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BANGALOW-Byron Bay Teachers' Association president Jim Richardson says he doesn't want to go on strike next week, but has no choice.

The NSW Teachers' Federation will strike from 9am to 11am on Wednesday because the Education Department rejected demands for a 5 per cent pay rise, instead offering 2.5 per cent and less sick leave.

"We would much prefer that it was negotiated out properly with the Government, but the Department of Education has refused to negotiate and we are in a position where we need to act," Mr Richardson, a teacher-librarian at Byron High, said.

Mr Richardson said the Government was undervaluing teachers and underestimating the need to recruit more quality teachers.

An Education Department spokesman said the teachers' stop-work action would do nothing that could not be achieved by negotiation within the Industrial Relations Commission.

MOTHER of two Kate Crisp has a six-year-old son attending Byron Bay Public School.

She supports the teachers' strike action, saying they deserve better pay. …

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