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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    STATE SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN DURING TEACHER STRIKE

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    STATE SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN DURING TEACHER STRIKE

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson has confirmed all Queensland State Schools will remain open on May 19.

    Mr Wilson said no student would be left unsupervised during proposed strike action by the Queensland Teachers Union next week.

    “I’m pleased the Queensland Teachers Union has announced they will guarantee the safety of students,” Mr Wilson said.

    “The Department has the capacity to move staff within regions and is able to call on supply teachers and teacher aides to staff schools if necessary.

    “There is no doubt that regular classroom activity will be disrupted, but we are committed to ensuring that children who attend can do so safely.

    “The Department has a range of contingencies in place to ensure schools can remain open and children who attend on the day are supervised.”

    Mr Wilson urged the Queensland Teachers Union to remain at the negotiating table.

    “I would encourage teachers to remain at work so as not to disrupt students’ learning,” he said.

    “This is a fair offer that we have put on the table, particularly in these tough economic times.

    “Our offer is a $900 million package providing 12.5% over three years.

    “The total package we are offering teachers, including all payments, puts them among the highest paid in the country.

    “It’s easy for the QTU to compare base rates of salary, but it’s important to look at the broader picture.

    “We will continue to bring a positive approach to negotiating a successful agreement."

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