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Teacher industrial action: PV media comment

PV Executive Officer Gail McHardy is quoted in a Herald-Sun article published yesterday, about the possibility of industrial action by Victorian teachers over the coming weeks.

Teachers are negotiating with the State Government over a new enterprise agreement. According the Herald-Sun article, “teachers could stop writing report cards sent home to parents, as they did during previous negotiations, and refuse to take part in staff meetings after hours, or as a last resort even walk off the job.”

Here are Gail’s comments as quoted in the article:

“PV would question the timing of teachers and the union to be taking a hard line, and including in consideration the incredible amount of extra funding the state government has had to throw into everything pandemic related.

“Some parents would rightly be disappointed at teachers for complaining about their salaries when they have been gainfully employed throughout the last two years when many families have been financially devastated by the pandemic.

“PV acknowledges giving Victorian students the support they need, and to reduce workloads for teachers, would be to push for full funding from both Federal and State Government – that action PV would back wholeheartedly.”

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