New South Wales teachers will go on strike again on Thursday June 30, over a dispute with the government on pay and staff shortages.
The NSW Teachers Federation and the NSW branch of the Independent Education Union of Australia will strike together for the first time.
Unvaccinated teachers and education staff could soon return to work under a proposal regarding mandates by the Department of Education.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell says the state government has provided a “fair and reasonable offer” which increases the public sector wages cap and the strike is “politically motivated”.
“In the budget we increased it from 2.5 per cent up to three per cent for the first year of an award and up to 3.5 for a second,” she told Sky News Australia.
“That’s the best public wages policy in the country of any state, much higher than other jurisdictions yet we’re not seeing industrial action there we’re only seeing it in New South Wales.”
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