Teacher strike averted
LOOMING strike action in Fraser Coast public schools appears to have been averted with the State Government and Queensland Teachers Union agreeing in-principle to a revised offer.
Teachers were set to walk off the job on October 16 in an attempt to force the LNP's hand over what the QTU had suggested were the unreasonable removal of important working conditions and an insufficient pay increase.
But QTU president Kevin Bates said a compromise meant impending industrial action was likely to have been averted.
He said while the primary pay offer was the same as previously proposed, the government would no longer remove key conditions and would not freeze wages for beginner teachers.
"Teaching conditions equal learning conditions and QTU members knew they were worth too much to lose," Mr Bates said.
"Existing conditions such as class size targets, remote area incentives and the teacher transfer system will remain protected in the teachers' agreement."