Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Kids' Day off as Teachers Fight for Wages Increase; {lsquo}They Work Five Days a Week and Teach Our Kids; It's Pretty Hard Work.' - Amy Flenady

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Kids' Day off as Teachers Fight for Wages Increase; {lsquo}They Work Five Days a Week and Teach Our Kids; It's Pretty Hard Work.' - Amy Flenady

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Byline: CAITLYN GRIBBIN

TEACHERS at her school are expected to strike for 24 hours in the coming weeks but Hayley Flenady won't be too concerned for their whereabouts.

Instead, the Warwick Central State School prep pupil will relish an extra day to spend at home with mum Amy and baby sister Hannah.

Thousands of Rose City public schoolkids will jag a day in front of the television or a classroom minus the class if the Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) strike action goes ahead.

The ballot on possible industrial action was conducted over the past three weeks and finished yesterday.

If the ballot returns the expected majority vote for strike action, it will begin in the next couple of weeks as teachers fight for their pay to be brought in line with our New South Wales neighbours.

South Queensland organiser for QTU Kevin Bates said the union would push for an approximate $7000 pay increase.

"Particularly on the Granite Belt and in Warwick, teachers are within driving distance to New South Wales schools where they could be paid so much more," Mr Bates said. …

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