Teachers will defy orders to stop strike action

Friday, 03 December, 2021

Teachers will defy orders to stop strike action

The Industrial Relations Commission has ordered the NSW Teachers Federation to stop strike action planned for Tuesday, 7 December.

The order extends to any other form of industrial action relating to the Federation’s current wage claims.

The Federation has declared it will defy these orders and the strike is likely to go ahead. The NSW Government has said it is doing all it can to ensure teaching and learning continues without disruption — especially given the difficulties and challenges students, parents and families have experienced during the course of the year.

The current Teachers’ Award expires on 31 December 2021 and the department has been negotiating a new Award with the Teachers Federation, with the assistance of the Commission. An agreement on a final Award was not reached and the matter will be arbitrated by a Full Bench of the Commission, scheduled for May 2022.

Rather than wait until the outcome of the arbitration in May, the department has made an application for an interim Award to deliver a 2.5% salary increase for teachers and related employees as soon as the current Award expires. This is the maximum amount allowed per annum under the Industrial Relations Act. It would be effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2022.

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