Central Victorian teachers continue pay fight

MORE than 150 public teachers, principals and support staff rallied outside the office of Member for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum, this morning. 

Australian Education Union (AEU) organiser for the Loddon Campaspe-Mallee region Michael Claven, said morale was strong among the group. 

"Every month negotiations drag on, more and more members are joining the union, and we grow stronger," he said.

Union members waved placards and chanted slogans, calling on Premier Ted Baillieu to honour his election promise, to make Victoria's teachers "the highest paid in Australia". 

At the close of 2012, negotiations will have been ongoing for two years.

AEU Victorian branch president Mary Bluett said despite progress being made at the negotiating table, the union still had a fight on its hands. 

"Everyday in our schools we are teaching our kids values - one of those values is don't tell lies," she said. 

"We are taking the campaign to communities around Victoria and making it clear to Coalition politicians that they should stand up for their local school staff and be accountable for the actions of the Baillieu Government." 

The rally is part of a series of rolling stoppages set for regional Victorian public schools throughout term four as staff ramp up their campaign for improved pay and conditions.

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Teachers will also enforce a ban on reporting student achievement to the Education Department, limit comments in student reports and enforce bans on scheduled meetings per week as well as those specific to the work of education support members.

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