NSW teachers set to strike on 4 May

By Anna Macdonald

Wednesday April 27, 2022

Angelo Gavrielatos
NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

The NSW Teachers Federation state executive has made the announcement that NSW teachers will strike next week on 4 May, seeking a pay rise.

A poll of 10,000 NSW teachers found 90% disagree their pay reflects their expertise and responsibilities.

The federation is also authorising its members to walk out if NSW government ministers seek to enter school grounds. 

NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos named uncompetitive salaries and unsustainable workloads as reasons why teachers were leaving the profession.

According to Gavrielatos, there were 2,383 permanent vacancies across 1,251 schools in NSW. 

“The solution to the teacher shortage and its causes,” said Gavrielatos, “Unsustainable working conditions and uncompetitive pay cannot be addressed nor resolved in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).”

“The Government’s own regulations effectively prevent the IRC from addressing the causes of the teacher shortage. Its own regulations will result in a predetermined outcome consistent with the government’s 2.5% salary cap,” he concluded.

Gavrielatos stated the 2.05% salary cap was effectively a pay cut because inflation is at 3.5%. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, NSW education minister Sarah Mitchell has labelled the campaign ‘blackmail’. 

NSW teachers previously striked in December, with Mitchell making similar comments that the demands were unreasonable. At the time, the federation labelled the strike as a success and Gavrielatos warned of further industrial action. 


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