Teachers act to move the Queensland Government
Queensland teachers decided to continue rolling stopwork meetings across Queensland as the State Labour Government once again refused to reduce class sizes. The Queensland Teachers' Union (QTU) said a meeting with Education Minister Anna Bligh was a major disappointment — the State Government was unwilling to fund additional teachers to address class size problems in schools. A meeting in the Industrial Relations Commission concluded without any progress on major issues. At least 18 schools have already voted to hold stopwork meetings in protest at the State Government's bungling of enterprise bargaining negotiations. QTU President Julie-Ann McCullough said the Government's failure to move on class size problems was an insult to teachers and students. She said it was intolerable that the Education Minister refused to negotiate properly on issues that would have a direct positive effect on students. "Class sizes and student behaviour are the big ticket items for teachers during this enterprise bargaining process and the Government is stonewalling all our attempts to improve conditions for students. "Teachers have been seeking proper talks for seven months and all we get is hollow talk from a Government not prepared to back up its Smart State rhetoric with action", said Ms McCullough. The current enterprise bargaining agreement for teachers expires on February 28.