Teaching staff who go on strike do so with a sense of distress, according to Pyalong Primary School principal Catherine Hoey.February 20, 2013 4:21am
Four district schools closed their doors and another had classes disrupted as teachers walked off the job on Thursday in a state-wide protest for fairer pay and better teaching conditions.
Heathcote, Tooborac, Pyalong and Eppalock primary schools all shut for the day, while Holy Rosary Primary School’s grades 5 and 6 class also had the day off.
The closures look set to be the first of many this year as more than 15,000 teachers, principals and support staff voted in favour of continuing stop-work action as part of the Keep the Promise Campaign at a rally on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne.
Pyalong Primary School principal Catherine Hoey was among those to stop work for the day.
Mrs Hoey said teaching staff did not want to go on strike but felt they had to as they wanted Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu to honour a pay promise he made to teachers before he was elected.
‘‘People feel a deep responsibility for the children at school,’’ Mrs Hoey said.
‘‘We don’t want to go on strike and we do it with deep felt distress.
‘‘But Ted Baillieu did promise before he came in to power he would make (Victorian) teachers the highest paid in Australia and he hasn’t done anything about it.
‘‘It’s the fact he said something and he is doing something else.’’
Mrs Hoey said she decided to join the strike action because she wanted teaching to remain a good career option for people in the future.
‘‘We have to stand up now for what is right for future teachers,’’ she said.
‘‘We want high quality applicants to get high quality pay.
‘‘I believe working with children is one of the most important professions that you can have.
‘‘It’s mainly the fact I want people to go in to teaching
As part of continued industrial action, rolling stops would begin in second term and no overtime work would be carried out.
Australian Education Union president Meredith Peace said the 18-month campaign had been going on long enough and the Victorian Government needed to show teaching staff the respect they deserved.
‘‘What I hope for is we resolve this dispute sooner rather than later,’’ she said.
Ms Peace said Victorian education staff had made a compromise in accepting an increase over a three year period which would bring them in line with NSW.
However, until the State Government came to the negotiation table with a fair deal, the AEU would continue to act, she said.
‘‘If they continue to refuse a fair deal
‘‘We will really be taking the message to the community.’’
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.