Industrial Relations    NSW CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS PLAN TWO-DAY STRIKE
Catholic and public schools across New South Wales could be hit by a two-day strike under a joint attack on the state government over its treatment of teachers.
   The Independent Education Union, representing 500 primary and secondary Catholic schools across the state, said it had foreshadowed two days of strikes next month.
   IEU deputy general secretary Patrick Lee said: "We want the government to know that the teachers in Catholic schools directly hold the government responsible for the demeaning approach that they are taking to teachers in the salary offer ... that is ultimately going to set the ground rules for state and Catholic teachers."
   "The Catholic teachers consider that more is needed of the government. There should be a much more positive appreciation of the contribution of teachers in schools and instead what we are getting is just open slather insults on teachers and a salary offer which over the next two years would in real terms actually cut teachers salaries." The government had offered teachers 16 per cent over the next four and half years.
   Catholic schools have already voted in favour of a one day strike this Wednesday over failed negotiations for the pay claim, while state school and TAFE teachers will decide on 4 April 4 whether to accept a framework package negotiated during six-weeks of talks with Education Minister John Aquilina.
   
AAP
27/3/00

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