NSW public school teachers have voted overwhelmingly to accept a salaries and conditions offer from the NSW Education Department.
NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said 99 per cent of teachers had voted to accept the department’s offer.
He said the Teachers Federation had negotiated an offer that included:
- A 2.5% annual increase for three years from January 1, 2017 and,
- All current working conditions maintained in the new Award.
“The offer teachers have voted on today delivers real salary increases, locked in and secured for three years, and the preservation of all working conditions,” Mr Mulheron said.
He said the pay offer was at the top of the Government’s 2.5 per cent salaries cap but it failed to take account of the increased demands being placed on teachers.
“There is something seriously wrong with a Department that employs more statisticians than curriculum support officers, where data collecting is a higher priority than teaching and learning.”
“The Teachers Federation will be campaigning to fight back against the loss of Department support for schools that has adversely impacted on the work of principals and teachers that has happened under a policy called Local Schools, Local Decisions.”
Today’s stopwork meetings, held at 211 venues across the state, were designed to minimise disruption with minimal supervision provided at every school. Teachers returned to work following the hour-long meetings.