|Issue No 47||24 March 2000|
Catholic School Teachers Endorse Strike Action
Industrial unrest in NSW is escalating with teachers in NSW Catholic schools voting to hold a one day strike on Wednesday, 29 March over a salary dispute.
General Secretary of the NSW Independent Education Union Dick Shearman says the vote for the strike taken at school-based meetings in 500 Catholic systemic schools, was carried by a 3 to 1 majority.
"Catholic school teachers reject the two and half per cent salary increase for 2000 offered by the Carr Government and Catholic school employers" Shearman says.
"Teachers are also angry at attempts by some politicians and sections of the media to portray them as underworked and overpaid" he says.
The union has taken out full page advertisements in both Sunday Newspapers (26 March) to publicly defend the teaching profession.
"The NSW Government and Catholic employing authorities should act positively for teachers now by substantially revising their salaries offer", Shearman says.
A rally will be held at 10.30 am at the Masonic Centre, Cnr. Castlereagh and Goulburn Sts., Sydney on the morning of the 29th March.
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