Teach­ers’ strike post­poned

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A MA­JOR teach­ers’ strike sched­uled for next week has been post­poned with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment reach­ing a wage deal with the teach­ers’ union.

What would have seen over 30,000 teach­ers from across Queens­land, in­clud­ing the Dou­glas re­gion, go on strike for 24 hours, has been put on hold, de­pen­dent on the out­come of the teach­ers’ vote on the new agree­ment.

Teach­ers will get an ex­tra 2.7 per cent a year for the next three years un­der the deal an­nounced last week and the Gov­ern­ment also backed down on its plan to re­move 20 con­di­tions in its sec­ond En­ter­prise Bar­gain­ing Agree­ment of­fer.

The EBA pro­tected the rights of pub­lic school teach­ers, in­clud­ing keep­ing class size tar­gets, the Re­mote Area In­cen­tive Scheme and teacher trans­fer scheme, how­ever, the teach­ers’ union said the com­pro­mise is bit­ter-sweet con­sid­er­ing there was no gain, only pro­tect­ing rights and cur­rent work­ing con­di­tions.

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