Public school teachers in New South Wales (NSW) Australia staged a 24-hour industrial action over pay and working conditions, defying a government plea to wait until after the June budget to solve the pay dispute.
The teachers marched through the central business district in Sydney.
Earlier this week, Premier Dominic Perrottet and Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said wage negotiations would be delayed until after the budget.
Mitchell added that the Australian government planned to address wage increases across the entire public sector in the upcoming state budget.
“But they’re big decisions. It’s billions of dollars that government needs to decide about how we’re going to spend this money,” Mitchell said.
“That has to happen as part of a budget process, and I think taxpayers would expect us to do that,” Mitchell added.
Meanwhile, Teacher’s Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said the government had enough time to resolve the dispute.
“We’ve been very patient. The government must act,” Gavrielatos said.
Mitchell said $125 million had been allocated in last year’s budget to grow the state’s teaching workforce and attract new people to the profession.
Meanwhile, the Teacher’s Federation estimated more than 2,000 teachers attended a rally in Coffs Harbour on the state’s Mid-North Coast.
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