New South Wales teachers are set to walk off the job today to push for higher wages.
Thousands of children from state schools will spend today at home, as the union fights for an annual pay rise above 2.5 per cent amid inflation surges across the country.
Members of the Teachers Federation rejected an 11th-hour bid from the government hinting at more pay and instead decided to go ahead with the strike.
President Angelo Gavrielatos said the situation has become “unsustainable”.
“More than 70 per cent of teachers are reporting that they’re considering options other than teaching,” Mr Gavrielatos said.
Yesterday, Labor slammed what it calls “hypocrisy” from Premier Dominic Perrottet, with the government’s top advisers becoming eligible for a major raise.
Unions across multiple essential workforces, including paramedics, nurses and teachers, have staged rolling strikes this year in a campaign against the state’s public sector wage cap, which limits annual pay rises to 2.5 per cent.
While under pressure over the cap, Mr Perrottet has repeatedly said he’s trying to “balance” the budget.
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An Industrial Relations Commission hearing which would have locked in a 2.04 per cent pay rise for teachers this year has been pushed back until after the budget, in order to give the Premier a chance to review his wages policy.
“I can’t commit to you that the decision that we land on will satisfy the concerns and the issues the Teachers Federation have,” Mr Perrottet said.