Many district schools will not open until around lunch tomorrow with teachers expected to stop work for half a day due to industrial action.RUTH CLAYTON December 5, 2012 4:34am
District teachers, pictured here in September during stop-work action, continue to fight for better pay and conditions. Photo submitted by Echuca College Australian Education Union representative David Holmes.
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.
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