Viney blames Premier for strike as Gippsland schools close
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 17:13, Wednesday 13 February 2013
EASTERN Victoria MP Matt Viney has blamed Premier Ted Baillieu for teacher strike action which will see no school for many students in Baw Baw tomorrow.
Warragul Regional College will only run Year 7 classes, Drouin Secondary College will run Year 7 and 8 classes while Trafalgar High School will run no classes at all as Victorian teachers take industrial action for a pay rise.
Neerim South Primary School will also run no classes and parents of students at other schools are advised to check if teachers will be present.
Mr Viney said in a media release Mr Baillieu promised teachers a pay rise at the last election.
“The blame for this mess sits squarely with the Baillieu Government and its broken election promise,” Mr Viney said.
“Teachers were promised a 30% pay rise and they now have to fight Mr Baillieu just to keep their salaries up with inflation.”
A spokesperson for the Minister for Finance said last week teachers had rejected the Victorian Government’s offers.
“To date the AEU (Australian Education Union) have continued to reject the Government’s efforts to make Victoria’s best teachers the highest paid in Australia,” the spokesperson said.
“We are determined to ensure better pay for our best teachers.
“The Government is disappointed that reaching agreement on pay increases for teachers has been delayed for so long by the union’s ongoing intransigence in refusing to accept that the skills, hard work and dedication of good teachers should be able to be recognised in their pay packets.”
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