No Pay Increase, No Marks In TAFE

 By John Dixon
Assistant General Secretary -Communications & Administration

Head Teachers and other Senior Staff at St George TAFE will stopwork from 11:00 am on Thursday 25 November 2004 .

Head Teachers will also be meeting at Wollongong to consider stopping work and taking further action.

Maree O'Halloran, NSW Teachers Federation President said today:

"At their stopwork meeting they will vote on taking further industrial action which was proposed at the TAFE Teachers Assocation State Council meeting last Friday. Action to be considered includes not the non-completion, locking off and approving of student results into the TAFE computer network during December if the matter has not been resolved. 

They are taking this action over their anger that the NSW Government has failed to pay them the additional salary increases for promotions positions which have already been received by their colleagues in schools. 

Further meetings are planned at other TAFE campuses statewide including Bankstown, Petersham, Nowra, and Bega to consider implementing this action. 

The intensification of action amongst Head Teachers and other Senior Staff across the state is indicative of the anger which the Government's intransigence in refusing to pay the increases has caused. Members have rejected offers from the Government which would have required tradeoffs such as exchanging jobs for salary increases. The Government had proposed changing the criteria for establishing Head Teacher positions that would have resulted in a loss of positions, and forced an increase to class sizes."

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