Tens of thousands of Australian teachers strike for better workload and salary


Teachers and principals of public schools in New South Wales (NSW) have quit their jobs 24 hours a day, overcoming workload, salaries, and the resulting staff shortage.

According to NSW Teachers Federation statistics, more than 15,000 teachers gathered in Hyde Park, Sydney, and marched to the State Capitol on McCauley Street. Protests also took place around the state.

Teachers’ Federation Said The November 7 strike sent a “strong message” to NSW Prime Minister Dominique Perotet on the need to address the growing salary, workload and teacher shortages.

Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said tens of thousands of teachers across the state participated in the 24-hour suspension for the first time in 10 years. As a result, thousands of schools have been closed.

Gavrielatos said trade unions “run out of all options” over an 18-month negotiation period with the government before resorting to industrial activity.

“Despite the warning of their own education department that there is a teacher shortage for other carriers to pay more competitive salaries, they do not judge from a universal wage cap,” Gavrielatos said. Said..

The union is fighting to raise the wage limit to 5% and give teachers more time to prepare for the classroom.

“The idea that a 10-year wage cap is a good response to a shortage of teachers, an increase in student enrollment, and a 30 percent decrease in the number of people studying education is beyond understanding,” he said. ..

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Teachers prepare for an NSW strike on November 7, 2021 in Sydney, Australia, seeking a fairer workload and wages. (Courtesy / NSW Teachers’ Federation)

Gavrielatos emphasized the numbers in the internal NSW department (pdf) By 2020, it became clear that 22% of the 7th to 10th year course hours were taught by non-specialized teachers due to lack.

“There is a shortage of teachers because other professions have higher wages and less work,” he said.

Georgina Harrisson, Executive Secretary of the New South Wales Department of Education, said he worked hard to continue learning without interruption and understood the frustration of his family after a difficult year for many parents and caregivers. Said.

“The ministry urged the federal government and its members to comply with the orders of the Labor Relations Commission and not strike, but this was unsuccessful,” Harrison said on November 6.

She said the department is working to implement a four-year plan to address future teacher supply needs.

“Our school employs more teachers than ever before, and we are working on many initiatives to sustainably provide quality teachers, especially in important subjects and areas that are difficult to fill. I’m out, “she said.

Harrison makes it new schedule The focus was on reducing management time by teachers and principals by 20% by the end of 2022, allowing them to focus more on the classroom.

She also said that a 2.5 percent increase in wages is the maximum annual allowance under labor relations law.

However, New South Wales MP David Schubridge said the offer was not sufficient.

He asked the government to think that New South Wales teachers had frozen wages for a decade.

“Teachers-worked hard to help students through unprecedented times, but still fighting for unfair wages and conditions. They are worth more than gratitude,” Schubridge said. director On Facebook on December 7th.

Rebecca Chu


Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She focuses on Australia’s economy, property and education. Contact her at [email protected].