Tasmanian public school teachers plan another strike over wage increases
Written by Josh Agnew on November 14, 2018
Tasmanian public school teachers are yet again planning to stop wok to advocate for a higher pay rise.
This isn’t the first time public school teachers have taken industrial action this year, with many teachers walking off the job near the end of the school day in late October, which caused 65 Tasmanian public schools to close early.
Public sector workers in the state, including teachers, nurses and firefighters are campaigning for a pay rise above the current 2% per year increase.
Staff at many public school’s, colleges and TAFE’s across the state are expected to hold a 45 minute stop-work action meeting later this month, with meetings in the north being held on the 27th of November, and meetings in the south being held on the 28th of November at 9 AM.
Most staff are expected to be back on the job by 10:30 AM.
Roz Masden from the Australian Education Union told Pulse FM “The education Minister Jeremy Rockliff would need to decide whether schools should close or open late on the mornings of the stop-work meetings.
We would imagine that almost all schools would be affected in some way.”
The state government has previously said it will not change its decision on the two per cent yearly wage increase that has been in place since 2011.
The Australian Education Union has not ruled out further strikes.
Tasmanian politician, Michael Ferguson said “The Education Department would be working with principals to minimize disruption caused by the strike action.”
He did not confirm if any schools would need to closed.
Cover photo by Jack Tegg (ABC Hobart).