More than 100 Tasmanian schools to partially close as teachers strike over pay


March 29, 2019 10:50:15

Most Tasmanian schools will either close early or open late next week as education staff ramp up industrial action over the long-running public sector wages dispute.

The Australian Education Union (AEU) announced earlier this week that members would attend stop-work meetings at schools, colleges and TasTAFE sites across the state.

The stop-work meetings are scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30pm in Burnie, Wednesday at 9:30am in Launceston, and Wednesday at 2:30pm in Hobart, but school closure times will vary due to the amount of time it will take staff to travel to central meeting points.

A list on the Department of Education website shows 136 schools will close at various times for the meetings.

In the north-west, the earliest school closure will be 12:30pm for SPACE Devonport and Wilmot Primary School.

In the north, the latest school opening time on Wednesday will be 12:00pm for Port Dalrymple.

On Wednesday afternoon, Cygnet Primary School will close at 12:30pm.

Just 63 schools will operate as normal throughout the two-day period.

AEU state manager Roz Madsen criticised the Government for announcing the closures before a scheduled talks with public sector unions today.

Ms Madsen said a new pay deal offer from the Government could have averted the closures, and by announcing them the Government had demonstrated it had not been serious about negotiations but was instead playing political games.

“[Premier] Will Hodgman has chosen disruption and school closures over working with teachers on workload solutions and quality education,” she said in a statement.

“Teachers have been given no chance to consider any potential counter offer from the Government and avert action.”

Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the Government had to plan for the threat of school closures, because student safety was paramount.










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