NSW teachers strike called off

A NSW teachers strike planned for the end of the month has been called off.

Teachers had voted to walk off the job on November 29 over a pay dispute with the state government.

NSW Teachers Federation president Bob Lipscombe said salary negotiations have resumed and the 24-hour stop-work meeting has been deferred.

"Although the government is yet to provide a fair and reasonable salaries offer, developments indicate that progress towards this may be possible," Mr Lipscombe said.

"As a consequence of this, and to allow for the negotiation of fair and reasonable salaries outcomes for public education teachers in NSW if possible, Federation Council today determined to defer consideration of further industrial action."

The Teachers Federation called on Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to uphold a pre-election promise to be personally involved in the salaries award negotiations.

Mr Lipscombe said the federation would closely monitor developments in the coming days.

If these proved to be "unsatisfactory", further statewide action would take place, including in the next school year, he said.

"Professional and attractive salaries must be maintained if the O'Farrell government is to properly staff NSW public schools and TAFE colleges with appropriately qualified and experienced teaching staff."



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