Teacher union calls on Premier to honour his promises 

Friday, 4 August 2023

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) NSW/ACT Branch Executive unanimously endorsed a motion today calling on the NSW Government to immediately return to the negotiating table with the NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) on government teacher pay. This is consistent with the Labor Party’s pre-election promises to the teaching profession. 

The IEUA NSW/ACT is calling on NSW Catholic systemic employers to immediately address the pay crisis by agreeing to pay rises of at least 8-12%. 

The previously agreed restructured salary scale provided increases of 8% for experienced teachers, 12% for beginning teachers, and would have been a significant step in addressing the teacher shortage in NSW. It would provide appropriate recognition of teachers’ work as professionals. 

“It is time for our employers to stop hiding behind the NSW Government and deliver real pay rises for teachers,” the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Executive, said. 

“Our members deserve better. Our profession deserves better. Our students deserve better,” Mark Northam, Secretary of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch, said. 

“We remind Premier Minns of his election night promise to ‘remove the unfair wages cap in NSW’”. 

The IEU Executive will determine what action members should take if there is no satisfactory pay outcome for teachers. They will reconvene on Friday 11 August to consider all possible steps, including protected action, to advance our campaign. 

Read the full motion attached.

Authorised by Mark Northam, IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary (0427 667 061) 

Media: Brigitte Garozzo, 0488 847 469, brigitte@ieu.asn.au 

The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch represents over 32,000 teachers, principals and support staff in Catholic and independent schools, early childhood centres and post-secondary colleges.