Teachers’ strike postponed
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.