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Catholic teachers to strike for 25% pay rise


The SMH reports this morning that teachers from 550 Catholic schools across NSW will join state teachers in industrial action next month for a 25% pay rise. The teachers are pushing for the increase through the Independent Education Union.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports this morning that teachers from 550 Catholic schools across NSW will join state teachers in industrial action next month after the Catholic Church refused to offer any more than a wage rise of 6 per cent over the next two years.

Catholic teachers, through the Independent Education Union, are pushing for a 25 per cent increase.

The union's federal secretary, Dick Shearman, said Catholic teachers' workload and pastoral care responsibilities had increased since a work-value case was conducted more than a decade ago.

Mr Shearman said the extra burden on teachers was linked to the social breakdown and increased work pressures that all families were experiencing. Teachers would stop work on July 2 to hear reports on the state of negotiations.

SOURCE - FULL STORY:
SMH



16 Jun 2003