|Issue No 38||05 November 1999|
Teachers Pay Site Doesn’t Give Full Story
The NSW Education Department is censoring teachers' responses to the Internet chatroom it established to get feedback on the pay deal it has offered directly to teachers.
The NSW Teachers Federation says negative questions and comments are not being posted by the chatroom's moderator, fuelling union suspicions the site is a stunt to create the impression of consultation.
Departmental head Ken Boston has been accused of using Reith-style tactics in bypassing the union to make his pay claim directly to teachers after he and Minister John Aquilina refused to meet with the Federation for more than ayear.
Boston this week outraged unions by posting his pay offer directly on the Internet and then referring the award to the Industrial Relations Commission for arbitration without any discussions with the union.
Teachers Federation senior vice-president Barry Sexton told Labor Council's weekly meeting that the award focuses on the lowest common denominator and would do particular damage to casual teachers.
Sexton warned the award could lead to a flood of teachers deserting the profession and moving to other states where conditions are superior.
Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says he's raised the Education Department's handling of the pay claim with the Premier and reiterated it was unacceptable for a Labor Government to bypass the union.
"I think it's time John Aquilina sat down with (Industrial Relations Minister) Jeff Shaw and got a lesson on how industrial relations is done in this state," Costa says.
To visit the Education Department chat room go:
http://www.det.nsw.gov.au/newaward and follow the links to the forum
For the Teacher Fed's counter forum, visit The Adventures of Cyber-Ken
STOP PRESS More than 500 western Sydney teachers took spontaneuos action this afternoon, walking out of schools and converging on Aqulina's electoral office in Blacktown where they sought to return the Department's proposed award.
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