The Northern Star

Fed-up teachers back strike action call

TEACHERS will consider striking for two days early next year after Alstonville High Deputy Principal John Culbert appeared to suggest a plan to strike on the first two days of term would not be disruptive enough.

Mr Culbert told a stopwork meeting at the Lismore City Hall yesterday that teachers should wait until the second week of first term next year before going on strike.

“Get them (the students) back, get them settled and then strike,” Mr Culbert told the meeting.

Mr Culbert was not available after the meeting to expand on his comment, but about 170 teachers at the meeting agreed to send his motion back to the Teachers’ Federation for consideration. 

TAFE teacher Cheryl Armour told the meeting conditions for teachershad been eroded over many years and the proposed strike should go evenfurther.

“I think we should withhold students’ results,” Mrs Armour said.

However, no motion to this effect was put forward.

Teachers are unhappy with the State Government’s offer to increasewages by 2.5 per cent a year, saying it doesn’t even match currentlevels of inflation. They are also unhappy with the dismantling of thestatewide school staff transfer system and object to the lowering ofstandards for teacher qualifications at TAFE.

Richmond River High School teacher Megan McLauchlan said the future of public education was at risk.

“I don’t think I have been this angry for a while,” she said.

“We must stand up.” Ms McLauchlan said there should be more strikes.

Other stopwork meetings were held at 14 locations across the region.

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