Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sums Don't Add Up So It's a Strike

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Sums Don't Add Up So It's a Strike

Article excerpt

ON the face of it, the pay deal the state government has offered teachers doesn't look so bad.

The Queensland Teachers' Union said the government's offer of annual rises of 4.5 per cent, four per cent and four per cent wasn't enough, despite being well over the inflation rate of 2.5%.

Queensland's 37,000 teachers and administrators have now voted for a 24-hour strike on May 19.

The union wants parity with the other states, claiming Queensland teachers are the lowest paid in the country.

The table displayed on the QTU website shows this in graphic form.

QTU president Steve Ryan said state schools were now encountering problems attracting and retaining teachers, so when the current teaching workforce retires, there would be a critical shortage of classroom teachers.

"This will obviously have grave implications for Queensland's future as the 'smart state'," Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the current economic situation was no excuse for denying teachers a fair pay rise. …

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