Teachers set for St John's strike

STAFF at St John’s Lutheran Primary School are set be the latest group of teachers to strike for better pay in the Bundaberg region with a planned strike on the afternoon of November 19.

Teachers at the school will not return to class after lunch on the Thursday as a part of their fight to receive equal pay to Lutheran teachers in other states.

Parent, Marina Reynolds, will not be too disadvantaged by a half-day strike at the school, as long as enough prior warning is given.

“I think most parents have a plan B for emergencies,’’ she said.

“Hopefully the out of school hours service at the school will open a couple of hours earlier in the event of a strike for those families who will struggle to find alternative arrangements.”

Mrs Reynolds supports the push by teachers at her school for a wage increase.

“I can’t speak for other parents, I see every day what the teachers at my school can achieve: the proof is in the children, their achievements and their behaviour,’’ she said.

Richard Pascoe, Wide Bay branch organiser of the Independent Education Union-Queensland and Northern Territory Branch (IEUA-QNT), said the recent number of teacher strikes was indicative of a problem.

“It’s not just the state schools, it’s not just the Catholic schools, it’s a majority of the teachers state-wide who are not happy with their pay,” he said.

Teachers in Queensland Lutheran schools remain the lowest-paid Lutheran teachers in Australia.

St John’s Lutheran Primary School principal Janelle Turner said the school would do all it could to ensure students were not disadvantaged due to the strike.

“I am committed to the safety of our students at all times, and during any protected action, the school will put in place arrangements that will continue to provide safe supervision of students and ongoing learning programs wherever possible,” she said.

As well as the half-day strikes teachers will also be wearing badges or stickers at school in support of the action.

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