The NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) estimates more than 15,000 people turned up to its planned protest ending at the front of the state’s parliament in Sydney on Wednesday.
Those participating in the strike are protesting for better working conditions and more pay for public school teachers, specifically the state government’s 2.04% wage cap increase for public educators, arguing it is not proportional to 5.1% inflation.
— Teachers Federation (@TeachersFed) May 4, 2022
It is the second strike within six months for teachers, with regional rallies occurring alongside the Sydney one in places such as Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill and Batemans Bay.
In a video on the NSWTF Facebook page, speaking at the Sydney rally, president of the organisation Angelo Gavrielatos said: “The simple truth is: [if] we don’t pay teachers what they’re worth and if we don’t address the crippling workloads, we will not retain or attract the teachers we know we need. Our message on your behalf to the government today is that we won’t accept anything less than what our profession and our children deserve.”
According to the ABC, NSW premier Dominic Perrottet asked the unions to wait on pay negotiations until after the state budget is handed down in June.
Similar to NSWTF, Unions NSW has stated the increase of the interest rate should lead to the removal of the 2.5% public sector wage cap.