Teachers to protest wage increase

HUNDREDS of teachers will walk off the job tomorrow morning in protest of the State Government's cap on a wage increase for the public sector.

Between 9am and 11am across the Northern Rivers, public school teachers will stop work and gather at various meeting points where a live broadcast from the NSW Teachers Federation president will be screened on large demountable screens.

In Lismore, teachers will meet at the Star Court Arcade.

The protest follows the State Government capping wage increases for the public sector at 2.5%.

Anything above that would have to come from employee-related savings.

NSW Teachers Federation North Coast organiser Sharline Emzin-Boyd said that figure was below the 3.5% rate of inflation.

"The Government is placing teachers on a downward pay spiral," she said.

"It shows the Government really does not care about the thousands of new teachers and the ones they need to replace in the coming years.

"The bottom line is we want the best quality teachers, we want the best outcomes for our kids and if we start to undermine the conditions that are there, like class sizes, what is the result for our students?"

Today the Industrial Court of NSW upheld the Government's wages legislation.

Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearse said the union should accept the Court's decision and call of their industrial campaign.

The Department of Education is advising parents to contact their children's school for details of supervision arrangements.

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