History lesson for NSW Premier
NSW teachers continue their stopwork meetings despite an Industrial Relations Commission directive to cease industrial action. On Monday November 29, teachers were on a two-hour strike in the morning with teachers from the City and Eastern Suburbs rallying outside the Premier's Electorate office at Maroubra Junction. They conducted a history lesson — complete with a blackboard and academic gear to remind the Premier, Mr Carr of events that had led to the downfall of previous governments. Terry Metherell, Minister for Education in the Greiner government attempted a similar restructuring of public education which led to a massive demonstration outside Parliament house and greatly contributed to the downfall of the Greiner Government. Teachers also reminded the NSW Premier of his former Victorian counterpart, Mr Kennett, whose arrogance and unwillingness to listen to the public and teachers finally caught up with him in Victoria's recent elections. The NSW teachers want Mr Carr to heed the message which was delivered to him by over 20,000 teachers demonstrating outside Parliament House on November 18. They urge him to: * Withdraw the proposed new award which has been so categorically rejected by teachers; * Make an interim salary payment as a sign of faith and; * Commence genuine negotiations. The Department of Education still refuses to have meaningful negotiations with the teachers and the Industrial Relations Commission says it will arbitrate a decision in the New Year if the talks go nowhere in the next week or so. Further two-hour stoppages by teachers from all schools are to take place on other days of this week.