Teachers to hold stop work meeting

SCHOOLS on the Northern Rivers will start up to two hours late tomorrow as teachers hold a stop work meeting over an "inadequate" 2.5% salary increase offered to teachers by the NSW Government.

The NSW Teachers Federation also accused the government of trying to "undermine the statewide staffing system".

The union said the 2.5% increase translated into a loss in real income of $17 per week and said the government expected any increases beyond 2.5% to be paid for through diminished working and learning conditions in the state's public schools.

This morning's meetings would be used to consider possible action for teachers next year.

"The NSW Teachers Federation regrets the disruption to schools at this time but this is unavoidable," the union said in a statement. "

"Negotiations with the Department of Education and Communities have not led to any clear breakthrough at this stage. 

"As the school year finishes with no resolution evident, teachers cannot stand by and see their real incomes cut.

"If the thousands of teachers due to retire over the next few years are to be replaced, it is essential that fair and attractive salaries are paid."



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