6920Re: GLW list and Carl Kenner in the twilight zone
- Jun 10, 2004Action alert
Public school teachers robbed on wages
For the future of public education in NSW please send an email, fax,
letter to the Premier Bob Carr calling on him to apply to the
Industrial Relations Commission to reopen the public education
Premier's contact details at the end of this email.
Quality public education system can only be achieved if teachers are
The decision on teachers' salaries handed down by the Industrial
Relations Commission this week is a disgrace and a kick in the guts to
Public school teachers are rightly outraged that their counterparts in
catholic schools have been awarded salary increases of up to 7.5% more.
The Industrial Relations Commission has granted catholic school
principals a 19.5% wage increase. But public school teachers were
given only a 12% increase.
Public school teachers in the IRC public education case gave extensive
evidence and were cross-examined exhaustively. Their evidence was
accepted by the Commission as constituting a 'compelling' work value
case. Their counterparts from catholic schools did not even appear in
court, yet they gained significantly higher increases.
A spokeswoman for the Minister for Education Dr Refshauge in
justifying the biased decision to pay catholic teachers more argued
that these teachers have different roles and responsibilities.
There is no basis to the argument that catholic school teachers have
more responsibility. If anything the heavier workload is carried by
public school teachers. They have to teach all students irrespective
of their learning abilities, socio-economic status and physical
Contact the NSW Premier
·express your outrage
·call on him to urgently apply to the IRC for the public school
teachers' salary case to be reopened.
Premier Bob Carr
Governor Macquarie Tower 1 Farrer Place Sydney NSW 2000
Fax: 9228 3935
From the Office of Greens MP Lee Rhiannon
Lee Rhiannon, MLC The Greens
Parliament of New South Wales Macquarie St Sydney 2000
Tel: +61-2-9230 3551
Fax: +61-2-9230 3550
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