21 June 2006

Teachers to strike on Monday over pay

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After hearing for days from my brother about a possible teacher strike next Monday, the Canberra Times today confirms it is officially going ahead.

Apparently the teachers’ union is annoyed the Government only provided for a 4 per cent pay rise in the Budget, in line with their last rejected offer in April (or possibly May) some time.

To protest, a stop work meeting will be held from 8.30am, followed by a march to the Legislative Assembly. This march will reportedly be joined by parents and community members fed up with cuts to education (school closures anyone?).

This story had the best explanation of what’s going on that I’ve seen. It seems the Government initially offered a 3 per cent pay rise with no changes to conditions because it said it couldn’t afford to go any higher. This was rejected. The Government then offered a 4 per cent pay rise (which is what the teachers wanted I think) but involving increased productivity through more classroom contact hours and some job cuts (which the teachers didn’t want).

It doesn’t look like there’s going to be any compromise found soon as neither side wants to budge one bit, so in the meantime we’ve got maths-test-delaying strikes and the threat of rolling stoppages in the future.

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They don’t need to trade anything off now – 39 school closures, loss of jobs, quality of education going to shit.

Well done Mr. Barr, you’ve single handedly done what Mr. Nelson couldn’t.

Vic Bitterman8:31 pm 22 Jun 06

I don’t agree with strike action, as it will only harm the students. I don’t agree with them being greedy either.

To get more than CPI they need to do more work, or trade something off. That’s hoe enterprise bargaining and agreements work. Teaching is no different to any other occupation in this instance.

M_B – a CPI increase realises that your skills have been maintained, and are still held in the same esteem as last year (i.e – you’re in the same place)

You are still able to apply for a promotion, or go up a pay grade if you want more money. Your arguement about remaining a trainee is bunk.

Like being dead, indeed.

I only believe in strike action when you catch someone trying to break into your car.

What’s a maretable skill? Being able to balance a plate and some cups on a horse’s back?

Master_Bates11:12 am 22 Jun 06


Matching CPI is like being dead – Nothing has changed. There is no such thing as being greedy if you are happy to ensure that you maintain maretable skills, and are comfortable operating in an environment where your skills are in demand.

For &^%#%$# sake, if I kept to CPI increases and stayed with the same lame arsed employer, I would be on $12,000 pa, as a trainee… Adjusted for CPI since 1987.


Vic, last EBA they traded off an equal pay rise. Older teachers got more and younger teachers got less (percentages) – who they should be trying to keep in the profession.

EBA before that one, older teachers traded off conditions for new teachers for more money.

Majority of teachers are over 45yo. They want more money before they retire and they make up over 50% of the teacher numbers in the ACT right now. They don’t want the added work load.

Since moving to a Non-Govt school for a year, I’m teaching 6 classes (not 5 as I did in Govt High schools) and already doing the 20hr face to face which the Govt wants. I don’t see a problem with that part of the equation. I do see a problem with the jobs being lost – but then if the older teachers retire, then there won’t be as many “job losses”.

I don’t agree with the strike action, never have.

Vic Bitterman9:31 pm 21 Jun 06

Have they traded anything off in their latest agreement?

If not, then they are greedy fuckers, and deserve to lose a days strike pay.

CPI is running at 3% per annum to the March quarter according the RBA.

Any pay increase above this needs to be traded off – conditions or do more work/return better value o the school, the students.

Look, the Dept doesn’t want to pay the teachers. They’ve had this info re: salaries since LAST YEAR – good timing? Pfft. They’ve had MONTHS to sort the pay situation out.

Funny how the school closures are now occurring and getting rid of the jobs that the Dept’s pay offer would have done beforehand.

Besides, the Minister changes 1/2 way through the process and has to be “informed” about all aspects, before meeting with the AEU.

Besides, the Dept doesn’t take care of its teachers. Why would the Govt?

Makes me less than convinced I should fight to save our local primary – FFS. I feel like letting a large percentage of them lose their job at Christmas. NOT good timing!

Exactly. You might as well ask for something decent. What’s the worst that could happen…?

James-T-Kirk11:01 am 21 Jun 06

Go for it.

I was very surprised when my comments to some teachers suggesting they should go for a minimum of 9% was interpreted as 9% over 3 years. No way – 9% this year. What they should push for next year depends on whether they are feeling loved or not –

Remember any raise that is less that 5% in any financial year means that your employer simply does not give a shit about you!!!

Just like any labour government.

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