Teachers leave the classroom
TEACHERS have walked out of the classroom this morning to take part in a stop work meeting organised by the NSW Teachers Federation.
The union action, which will end around 11am, and is in response to the O'Farrell government's offer of 2.5 per cent payrise for 2012.
An offer that the Teachers Federation believes is inadequate.
Locally teachers have met as Premier Barry O'Farrell prepares to attend events in Coffs Harbour today.
From Sydney, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has expressed his disappointment about the Teachers Federation's illegal strike.
"On Monday, December 12 the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) ordered the federation to refrain from taking this industrial action," Mr Piccoli said.
"Despite this, it has reiterated its call for school teachers to strike for two hours.
"There is no justification for this illegal industrial action.
"The Federation is openly defying the IRC less than a week after the Commission guaranteed that school teachers would receive a 2.5% increase from January next year.
"Taking strike action will achieve nothing except disrupting classes for students."
The Teachers Federation claim that the government's wages policy cuts teachers' real income by an average of $17 per week by imposing a 2.5 per cent cap.
The stopwork meetings will consider further proposals for action in the new year.
Schools have been authorised to provide supervision of students where necessary.