Teachers rally opposite Sorensen
UPSET teachers and principals will demonstrate their frustrations over the breakdown in enterprise bargaining negotiations at the office of Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen tomorrow.
The rally is the second in the Fraser Coast after Maryborough educators marched on Anne Maddern's front steps last month.
Queensland Teachers Union deputy general secretary Greg Purches will be at the event.
He said QTU members had organised the rally because the Queensland Government had made only one offer during lengthy enterprise bargaining negotiations.
He claimed that offer aimed to strip away protection for more than 20 working and learning conditions.
"The Government wants to remove these conditions from the current agreement and turn them into 'policy', which means they can be chopped or changed at any time by the Government or Department of Education," Mr Purches said.
"QTU members are very concerned that this new Government will remove conditions as it continues to slash public service spending."
"Our concern is that it would be a false economy for this state to put at risk attracting new teachers into the profession, or to weaken the teacher transfer system, or to have class sizes grow and compromise individual attention for the students who need it most."
Mr Sorensen has told QTU representatives he will be unable to attend the rally because of a prior appointment.
The rally will begin at 4pm at 357 The Esplanade, Scarness.