Catholic school teachers strike for better pay and conditions

Thousands of Catholic school teachers walked off the job today as they called for better pay and working conditions.
Teachers they gathered in the Sydney CBD to march through City Hall to make their demands known.

Teachers from 540 Catholic schools in NSW demonstrated across the state today.

Thousands of Catholic school teachers strike in Sydney. (9News)

The teachers toured the city chanting ‘union, power’ and ‘let the 2.5 go because of the salary cap’.

The Independent Education Union (IEU) is calling for a pay rise of 10 to 15 percent and “reducing paperwork” for teachers.

“Uncompetitive salaries, unsustainable workloads and crippling staff shortages have pushed them beyond their limits,” said IEU Secretary Mark Northam.

The union has threatened further labor action if the demands are not met.

Thousands of Catholic school teachers strike in Sydney.
The union is asking for a salary increase of 10 to 15 percent. (9News)

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said it was “disappointing” to see Catholic school teachers take industrial action today.

“It’s really disappointing when union bosses decide to take industrial action,” he said.

“It really upsets families and students who have been through a lot in the last few years.”

Thousands of Catholic school teachers strike in Sydney.
Teachers at 540 Catholic schools in NSW are on strike today. (9News)

It comes after public school teachers walked off the job three weeks ago with the same demands over pay increases and working conditions.

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet said the budget will address public sector salaries, however that will not affect the salaries of independent teachers who are on strike today.

“I would ask all of our public servants not to inconvenience our parents as we work through these issues,” he said.

“I can’t guarantee that everyone will be happy with where we landed.”

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