Tuesday 21 June, 2022
Public and Catholic school teachers to strike on 30 June
The decision to take 24-hour joint strike action on 30 June was made after a historic joint meeting between the executives of the NSW Teachers Federation and the IEUA Independent Education Union of Australia (NSW/ACT).
Members of both unions will rally in Macquarie Street, Sydney, as well as in regional locations across NSW and the ACT.
NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said this joint action is a direct result of the manifest failure of the NSW Government and Catholic employers to address the teaching crisis in our schools. IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam said the crisis was impacting the entire profession.
“A historic joint meeting between the Federation and the IEUA (NSW/ACT) was held today to determine an appropriate course of action. Both unions have come to the conclusion that the Government has its head in the sand in regards to the teacher crisis.
“Acting on uncompetitive salaries and unsustainable workloads is the only way to stop more teachers leaving and attract the people into the profession we need to fix the shortages.
“We asked the Premier to reconsider his decision to cap the pay of teachers at three per cent when inflation is more than five per cent and rising. Yet, he did nothing.
Mr Northam said: “Catholic diocesan school employers follow the NSW Government’s lead on salaries, even though they are not legally bound by NSW Government wages policy.”
Mr Gavrielatos said: “Today’s budget did nothing to address crippling workloads
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“Our unions are united in opposition to an inept Government that has failed to address unacceptable workloads and teacher shortages.
“This has occurred despite the Government’s own documents warning of the cause and the consequences of the crisis we now face. Catholic employers have also failed to address this issue, and have predicted a 15 per cent shortfall in their workforce by 2030.
“We have a profession in crisis and a Government that refuses to act. Our children can’t put their education on hold and wait for the Premier and his Government to stop ignoring their needs. They need real action now.
“As a result, an unprecedented and historic joint strike by all public and diocesan Catholic school teachers will occur on Thursday 30 June.
“Marching together will be a massive demonstration of unity and commitment
– – one profession, one voice,” said Mr Gavrielatos.
“This is an extraordinary moment,” said Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam. “We are standing shoulder-to-shoulder because fixing the education crisis in NSW demands no less.
“Catholic diocesan school employers follow the NSW Government’s lead on salaries. ‘Not a day before nor a cent more’ is their constant refrain, even though they are not legally bound by the
NSW Government. The IEUA’s current bargaining for enterprise agreements for teachers and support staff is directly impacted by what the Government does todaytoday’s decision by the NSW Government.
“The sharply rising cost of living, lack of real wages growth, ever-increasing workloads and the pandemic have caused crippling staff shortages in Catholic schools – our members are exhausted and burnt out. The profession is at breaking point.
“Staff shortages and sinking salaries mean teachers and support staff in Catholic diocesan schools are really struggling. Teachers are leaving the profession and graduates are not entering it,” said Mr Northam.
Teachers Federation media contact: John Roper 0409 030 578
IEUA NSW/ACT media contact: Monica Crouch 0411 645 751