|Issue No 50||14 April 2000|
Teachers Deal Still Undone
Private school teachers have reached agreement on a 16 per cent pay rise, but strike actions hangs over public schools as the Carr Government refuses to move on key conditions.
The NSW Teachers Federation came to the brink of agreement with the government, but sticking points over hours of work and pay rates for casual teachers have left the talks deadlocked.
Teachers today voted overwhelmingly to commence strike action to coincide with the astart of Term Two.
NSW Labor Council secretary Michael Costa today called on the Carr Government and the NSW Teachers Federation to continue discussions over the school holiday period to try and resolve their ongoing dispute prior to the next school term.
"I am disappointed that there is still no agreement - given the significant progress that has been made since negotiations began; but I don't believe the parties are that far apart," Mr Costa said.
But he said he understood why the teachers' leadership had refused to recommend an acceptance of the agreement; as there were assurances being sought by the government that most unions would find difficult to endorse.
"The requirement for unqualified commitments in relation to industrial action, particularly the imposition bans, is something that no union would accept," he said.
"Further, it is unrealistic to expect that a range of pre-existing award applications by the Federation should be discontinued.
Meanwhile, the Independent Education Union has reached agreement on behalf of 12,000 teachers in catholic schools for a 16 per cent increase with no trade-offs.
IEU secretary Dick Shearman has called on the government to match this deal with the public teachers rather than trying to extract productivity offsets.
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