Perrottet won’t budge on NSW teachers’ pay

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As 85,000 NSW teachers prepare to strike next week, Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has said their pay rise is among the most generous in the country.

The 24-hour strike by public and Catholic school teachers on June 30 will be the third strike in six months.

It is expected to reach around one million families, just one day before a two-week holiday.

Mr Perrottet accused union bosses of ‘playing politics with the people of NSW’, saying ‘this is totally unacceptable and it is wrong’, considering teachers will get a 3 per cent pay rise , with a potential of 3.5% the following year.

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“We have the highest pay raises of any state in the country…I think where we landed is fair and reasonable is the national leader,” he said Wednesday.

Teachers in Victoria had been given a 1.5 per cent raise but were not taking industrial action against the Labor government.

“What I don’t see in the country is protests and embarrassment for parents and schoolchildren and I think that’s incredibly disappointing,” Mr Perrottet said.

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“The last few years have been difficult, but we have to make sure that what we do is fair and reasonable.”

He accused unions of doing their utmost to cause ‘massive inconvenience to parents’ by striking on the last day of the financial year when people running small businesses were busy.

The NSW Teachers Federation and UKTN Education Union NSW/ACT called for the joint strike after Tuesday’s budget documents revealed no other offers were on the table.

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They say the deal translates into a cut in real wages, with inflation at 5.2% and predicted to tip over more than 7%, as schools face a teacher shortage that threatens to s ‘aggravate.

“The government has failed students and continues to fail students and the teaching profession,” said NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos.

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