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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Teachers reject immediate pay rise and put children back in firing line

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, July 30, 2009

    Teachers reject immediate pay rise and put children back in firing line

    Yesterday’s notification of a two-day strike at 21 schools in Central Queensland is a blow to Queensland families, says Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson.

    “This decision by the QTU to strike in Central Queensland on August 6 and 7 is extremely disappointing,” Mr Wilson said.

    “This is an unacceptable, unreasonable disruption to hard working families.

    “It is a blow to families who may be forced to lose two days pay in these tough economic times, not to mention the disruption to student learning.

    “The Government has made it clear to the QTU that we are willing to negotiate on these issues and follow the recommendations of the independent umpire.

    “Teachers deserve a pay rise and we want to give them one.

    “We’re offering an immediate interim pay rise of up to 4%, backdated to July 1, while the independent umpire decides the rest – what could be fairer than that?

    “However, we’ve been clear that this offer depends on the Union ceasing all industrial action.

    “The Union has ignored the very clear message from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission that striking is not the way to resolve this dispute.

    “We want to get this extra money into our teachers’ pockets as soon as possible so teachers can get on with teaching and students can get on with learning.

    “The QTU has rejected our gesture of good faith and is determined to take strike action, which will only disadvantage students.

    “We want the Union to be fair dinkum about resolving this dispute.

    “The Government will consider options available to protect the interests of children and parents in Central Queensland.”

    Media contact: Jo Crompton 0418 758 579

    July 29, 2009