Striking teachers mislead: Piccoli

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli says teachers choosing to down tools for a state-wide strike on Wednesday have been deliberately mislead by union chiefs.

Thousands of public school teachers across NSW are expected not to turn up to work in protest of the State Government's refusal to sign a union drafted charter.

The Teacher's Federation claims State Government's education overhaul will result in job cuts and bigger classes.

On Tuesday, Mr Piccoli said if the union truly had its students' best interests at heart, they would call off the strike and "cease peddling misinformation and undermining public education".

He said the last contact he had from the union directly was in April and was disappointed he had not received a response from a letter sent to the union last week.

On Monday, The Industrial Relations Commission ordered union officials to call the strike off but Teacher's Federation president Maurie Mulheron said Mr Piccoli's letter had only validated his concerns.

He said Mr Piccoli had "made it clear he will not guarantee or even discuss these matters" and as a result, the strike would go ahead.

The main rally will be broadcast from Sydney's Town Hall to 50 other protest sites across the state from 11am Wednesday.

The Teacher's Federation has not released exactly how many students will be impacted but the Department of Education has urged parents to look at their school websites in the morning to see if their school is open.

Where the North Coast protests will take place

  • Coffs Harbour
  • Lismore
  • Tweed Heads
  • Kempsey
  • Port Macquarie


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