Teachers’ strike looms

THE Australian Education Union (AEU) is predicting the closure of all government schools in South Gippsland, when teachers strike next Wednesday (September 5).

Leongatha Secondary College teacher and AEU representative Matt McPhee said the number of teachers planning to strike was “almost absolute”.

“This will mean everyone out, and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. It’ll be across the board and I think it’s looking like being the biggest strike in Victoria’s history from a teacher’s point of view,” he said.

“The reason is union membership is through the roof – there’s more and more people in the union. Every single person at Leongatha Secondary is a union member.”

Mr McPhee said education support staff – who include office workers, gardeners and IT technicians – were also ready to down tools.

“I’m pretty sure all those people will be going out as well, and I certainly don’t think this happen at this school alone. I think you’ll see it equally supported across the region,” he said.

“They are two separate agreements, the teachers and the support staff, but the AEU negotiates them together.”

See more in the Star’s upcoming edition.

Short URL: http://thestar.com.au/?p=4362

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