Teachers to attend stopwork meetings

PUBLIC school teachers on the Northern Rivers will attend stopwork meetings for up to two hours from 9am on Friday.

NSW Teachers Federation president, Maurie Mulheron, said the action was "necessary" because of Education Minister Adrian Piccoli's "failure to provide guarantees on staffing, class sizes, curriculum, salaries and security of employment".

"The government is carrying out its reforms in haste and with secrecy," he said.

"If allowed to proceed it will certainly mean the loss of permanent positions from schools."

But Mr Piccoli condemned the strike action.

"We are not going to be held to ransom by the Teachers Federation," he said.

Parents are being advised to contact their schools in advance to check if supervision is being provided.



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