Teachers take time out to protest

TAFE teachers at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah campuses will walk off the job today in protest over a recent decision by the industrial relations umpire over their salaries.

Students across all New South Wales TAFE campuses will be without teachers for up to two hours while their course instructors attend stop-work meetings for up to three hours from 9am DST.

The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) in October found in favour of the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) in a long-running dispute about TAFE teachers’ pay and conditions.

The teachers earlier in 2009 won a pay rise of four per cent – 1.5 per cent above the state government’s public sector wage cap.

But the DET applied to the IRC to increase teaching hours as a productivity trade-off for the increase. The IRC found in favour of the DET on October 15, but the Teachers Federation is appealing the decision in the NSW Court of Appeal on a point of law.



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