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Teacher shortages: Join a delegation to your state MP

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The IEU is taking the teacher shortages crisis up to state MPs – quite literally. We invite you to join an IEU delegation, led by your school’s IEU Organiser, to deliver a letter to your local MP and, in some cases, to sit down with them to talk about the impact of staff shortages on your school. 


We’re urging MPs to take your message to the NSW Premier to scrap the artificial NSW pay cap.


Talk to your colleagues and invite them to join you.


Contact your organiser or the call the IEU on 8202 8900


Teacher shortages: IEU delegations to NSW MPs

  • Clayton Barr MP, Member for Cessnock: view on Facebook
  • Anoulack Chanthivong MP, Member for Macquarie Fields: view on Facebook
  • Tim Crackanthorp MP, Member for Newcastle
  • Michael Daley MP, Member for Maroubra: view on Instagram
  • Jihad Dib MP, Member for Lakemba: view on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Trish Doyle MP, Member for Blue Mountains: view on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville: view on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  • Melanie Gibbons MP, Member for Holsworthy
  • Jo Haylen MP, Member for Summer Hill: view on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • Dr Michael Holland, Member for Bega: view on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Dave Layzell MP, Member for Muswellbrook
  • Jenny Leong MP, Member for Newtown
  • Adam Marshall MP, Member for Northern Tablelands: view on Twitter, Instagram.
  • Chris Minns NSW Labor Leader and Member for Kogarah
  • Ryan Park MP, Member for Keira: view on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Janelle Saffin MP, Member for Lismore: view on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Paul Scully MP, Member for Wollongong: view on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
  • Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford; David Mehan MP, Member for The Entrance and David Harris MP, Member for Wyong: view on Facebook, Instagram,
  • Greg Warren MP, Member for Campbelltown: view on Twitter
  • Anna Watson MP, Member for Shellharbour: view on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.


Dear [NAME]


We urge you to take the teacher shortage throughout NSW seriously. As teachers and members of the Independent Education Union, we take it seriously.


The IEU recently appeared before the NSW Upper House’s Inquiry into Teacher Shortages in NSW to highlight the severity of the problem and its impact on schools and communities.


This dire situation has been in the making for several years and has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Uncompetitive salaries and unmanageable workloads mean teachers are leaving the profession and graduates are not entering it.


School enrolments are expected to grow by 10% over the next decade, while enrolments in initial teaching degrees have fallen by 8% between 2017 and 2020, leading to an expected shortfall of 4000 teachers by 2025.


Sinking salaries are at the heart of this crisis. It’s time to scrap the artificial NSW wages cap.


We urge you to raise our concerns with the NSW Premier and consult with the profession to find practical solutions to this growing problem.


Schools have been running on goodwill for too long, but that goodwill is running out.


Teachers and support staff deserve better.


Yours sincerely,


IEU Members