500 teachers, principals to protest

THE message that teachers and principals plan to send to Parliament House on Tuesday is "teaching conditions equal learning conditions".

One month after their enterprise bargaining agreement expired and five weeks after rejecting the Queensland Government's only offer, more than 500 teachers and principals plan to protest that both conditions are worth too much to lose.

Queensland Teachers' Union President Kevin Bates said the major issue for the union's 44,000 teacher and principal members was the government's insistence on making a 2.7% pay increase conditional on stripping away more than 20 conditions in the current agreement.

He said the union held grave concerns a "short-sighted economic justification" would come at a high cost to the "smart state" label in the future.

"The government is determined to change these conditions from matters in the agreement into departmental policy," Mr Bates said.

"The risk then is that these matters can be changed at any time, even overnight, by the government or department without any consultation with those who actually teach in our classrooms and run our schools.

"It would be truly unwise for this government to cut investment on education for all, the one area that will always bring wealth to this state, whatever the broader economic conditions.

"Conditions at risk include class size targets, beginning teachers' pay and induction, the teacher transfer system, commitments to job security and school-based management guarantees."

The rally will take place outside Parliament House, from 5-6pm on Tuesday.

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