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    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO $900 MILLION PAY RISE FOR TEACHERS

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO $900 MILLION PAY RISE FOR TEACHERS

    Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said teachers could pocket an immediate 4.5 per cent pay increase under the Bligh Government’s offer.

    Mr Wilson said the Government’s $900 million, 12.5 per cent offer to Queensland teachers remained on the table.

    “The Union rejected this offer,” he said.

    “The Government wants to finalise this new agreement for teachers as soon as possible, that’s why the offer still stands.

    “We’re willing to pay teachers 4.5 per cent right now as part of our three-year wages proposal.

    “The Government’s offer will provide our teachers with a total salary package among the highest in the nation.

    “It will make the salary package for Queensland’s beginning teachers second only to the Northern Territory and second only to New South Wales for senior teachers.

    “Our offer will boost the pay of every Queensland state school teacher by between around $7000 and $10 000 over the life of the agreement.”

    Mr Wilson said the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission yesterday awarded teachers an interim pay rise of 4 per cent, backdated to July 1.

    “The independent umpire will determine the remainder of the increase at a hearing to be held in November and December,” he said.

    “But we can resolve this right now if the Union comes to the table.

    “Our door’s always been open to the Union and we’re happy to meet with them at any time.

    "This is a fair and responsible offer from the Government. We’re facing some of the toughest economic times that Queensland has seen, so its vital to get the balance right.

    "We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our teachers, and we want to put this money in their pockets now."

    Media contact: Jo Crompton 0418 758 579

    September 17, 2009