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Teachers to strike

Teachers from district schools will stop work for half a day tomorrow to rally for better pay and teaching conditions.

December 5, 2012 11:58am

Classes at some schools around the district will be affected by half-day stop work action by Australian Education Union members tomorrow.

The latest information available is as follows:

Kyabram P-12 College— Years 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 classes operating as normal.

Students in all Year 8, prep and Year 1 classes, plus two Year 2 classes, three Year 3/4 classes, and one Year 5/6 class should not attend school until 12.38pm on Thursday.

Tongala Primary School — No students will be required at school until 12.40pm.

Rushworth P-12 College — Some industrial action is expected but details are not yet available.

St Augustine’s P-12 College, Lancaster Primary School, St Patrick’s Primary School Tongala, Girgarre Primary School, Merrigum Primary School and St Mary’s Primary School Rushworth reported no industrial action would be taken at their schools.

It is understood many of the staff taking industrial action tomorrow will be attending a rally outside Member for Rodney Paul Weller’s office in Echuca.

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, 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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