Subject: [Greens-Media] Parents should blame O'Farrell for school disruption
Media release: 2 November 2011
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell's public sector wage cut legislation is now bearing the fruits that were predicted when it went through parliament earlier this year, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
Dr Kaye said: "Teachers have no choice but to take action to stop their wages and conditions being slashed.
"With no chance of a fair hearing before the Industrial Relations Commission and a legislated guarantee their pay will fall behind inflation, the state's professional educators cannot sit back and watch the devastation of the future of their schools.
"Teachers have now been forced into industrial action, not just to protect their own pay and conditions but to protect the future of public education.
"Education Minister Adrian Piccoli ought to know that any productivity savings in public education would inevitably result in larger classes or less time for preparation.
"Unless the 2.5 percent cap and trade-off requirements are broken, current and future generations of students will inevitably suffer.
"When Mr O'Farrell rammed his legislation through Parliament in June, he was warned it would result in this kind of industrial action.
"Parents should put the blame fairly on the shoulders of a Premier who is intent on conducting a war on the public sector.
"Teacher cannot be expected to sit back and watch the destruction of the profession they have dedicated their lives to," Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455