Many district schools will not open until around lunch tomorrow with teachers expected to stop work for half a day due to industrial action.By Ruth Clayton
Teachers from district schools are expected to stop work for half a day tomorrow to rally for better pay and teaching conditions.
Many schools, including Echuca East Primary School, Echuca West Primary School and Tongala Primary School will not open until around lunch, giving individual teachers the option of attending a protest outside Member for Rodney Paul Weller’s office at 10am.
Echuca College will be closed until lunch with only study facilities for VCE classes available before then.
Cohuna Secondary College will close for the whole day, while Lockington Consolidated School and Nanneella Estate Primary School will not close at all, despite some individual teachers expected to take part in the stop work action.
The day is part of the Keep the Promise campaign, aimed to keep Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu accountable to his comments to make Victoria’s teachers the highest paid in the country.
The work stoppage is part of a series of rolling stoppages under the auspices of the Australian Education Union.
It is not the first time district schools have taken action over pay and conditions.
On September 5, 14 district schools cancelled classes in what was the biggest strike in the state’s history.
Negotiations between the AEU and the Victorian Government over pay and conditions initially broke down on April 19, according to AEU president Mary Bluett.
Negotiations were back on the table in September and broke down mid-November when the Victorian Government failed to respond to the AEU’s offer regarding pay, according to AEU branch council member and Echuca College teacher Courtney Peters.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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