Teacher strike planned for Tweed

Tweed teachers are planning a two-hour strike on Friday.
Tweed teachers are planning a two-hour strike on Friday. Danielle Lowe

TWEED teachers are planning a two-hour strike on Friday in protest of the State Government's Local Schools, Local Decision education reforms.

The reforms will give schools more power to make decisions, however the Teachers Federation NSW said the reforms would come at a cost for schools.

Teachers Federation NSW relieving regional organiser for the Tweed Anthony Gelluzzo said the reforms would negatively impact on teachers, students and students' learning conditions.

"We're not happy about it," Mr Gelluzzo said.

"It will affect all schools' community members and parents."

Mr Gelluzzo said the main concern for teachers was about recruitment and curriculum under the reforms.

"We would advise parents to contact their child's school to find out what is happening during the stop work," he said.

The stop work is planned for Friday from 9-10am.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has condemned strike action.

"We are not going to be held to ransom by the Teachers Federation. These reforms are to suit students, not the union," Mr Piccoli said.

"The Department of Education has promised to work collaboratively with the Teachers Federation and I have previously made assurances that decisions about employment matters will only be made following consultation with the relevant union.

"The Teachers Federation is actually represented on the Local Schools, Local Decisions Joint Consultative Committee and the union also has the opportunity to discuss industrial matters relating to Local Schools, Local Decisions at regular fortnightly meetings with the relevant Deputy Director General.

"But the union is still going ahead with this reckless strike action which will disrupt the school day for hundreds of thousands of students and their parents."

Topics:  education reform, local decision, local schools, teacher strike



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