Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

PAY EQUALITY; No Classes Today, Teachers Go on Strike For

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

PAY EQUALITY; No Classes Today, Teachers Go on Strike For

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Byline: Carly Morrissey

PARENTS have been asked to keep their children at home today, while state school teachers strike for better pay and conditions.

For Private and Christian Schools although, it will be business as usual.

Gympie's state Queensland Teachers Union council representative Peter Quinn said the Premier asked parents to keep kids at home so that is what the Chatsworth State School would be putting up on their school notice board.

He and fellow union representative Gympie QTU Branch President Fiona Calvert were proud to be taking part in the industry action.

"It's the right of the worker," he said.

They will both be speaking at a strike meeting today from 10am and asking members to vote on what action to take in the future.

"There is a possibility the action could be prolonged," he said.

He urged teacher aides not striking not to supervise classes unless under the supervision of a teacher otherwise it would be stepping outside the boundary of their job.

"Let's be serious about it and let's do it properly," he said

"(The State Government) is trying to pay us insufficient wages and lock in new conditions that we find outrageous, they're not prepared to move one little bit," he said.

Mr Quinn said if teachers signed off on the deal now they would be locked in and without a better deal, retaining and recruiting more teachers would get harder as teachers were already flocking interstate for better conditions.

Ms Calvert said if the controversial Traveston Crossing dam wasn't built the State could afford to give teachers a pay rise.

Today's 24-hour strike action follows a state-wide ballot of the QTU's 37,000 teacher and principal members, which delivered the biggest positive ballot return for industrial action in the QTU's 120-year history.

QTU Regional Organiser Greg Purches said primary, secondary and special schools would all be affected and 96 per cent of the states teachers were QTU members. …

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