Get ready for Day of Action against unjust industrial laws

Federation supports action on 8th September

A community day of action is planned for Thursday September 8 as unions continue the campaign to overturn the NSW Government’s attack on public sector employees’ salaries, working conditions and industrial rights.

This action will follow the O’Farrell Government’s first state budget two days earlier. It is expected to make major cuts to public services, including education.

A community day of action is planned for Thursday September 8 as unions continue the campaign to overturn the NSW Government’s attack on public sector employees’ salaries, working conditions and industrial rights.

This action will follow the O’Farrell Government’s first state budget two days earlier. It is expected to make major cuts to public services, including education.

Rallies have been held by Unions NSW in many locations across the state. Federation members have joined these and are continuing to lobby MPs about the injustice of the legislative changes.

Listen to Peter Wilson, Assistant General Secretary (Schools) explain the background to the action from a rally held on Wednesday 3 August:

Peter Wilson at Disallowance Rally by NSWTF

In the past week, Federation members lobbied Christian Democratic Party members Fred Nile and Paul Green over their support for the Government’s legislation. With Labor and Greens MPs already committed to stopping the legislation, two more votes were needed to achieve that aim. Ultimately, however, the Christian Democrats sided with the government.

The effects of the government's legislation on teachers is to:

  • deny the right to have a public education teachers’ salaries and working conditions case decided independently by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission;
  • limit salary increases to 2.5% per annum, which means a pay cut in real terms with inflation running at more than 3%. This will make it so much harder to recruit new teachers at a time when many thousands of experienced teachers are retiring and must be replaced;
  • require any further salary increases to be funded by increasing public education teacher workloads and worsening the quality of education for students.

The changes are now law, and so Federation will continue the campaign in line with the Annual Conference decision which authorised Executive “to take all necessary steps to ensure maximum membership support for statewide action early in September and other action necessary to defeat this attack on the real incomes of teachers, their working conditions, their fundamental industrial rights and their union”.

 

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