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Baillieu threatens teachers with court action

Posted by: Katherine Firkin | 18 January, 2013 - 9:39 AM
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Teachers are being warned they could be taken to court by the state government, if they don’t cancel next month's planned industrial action.

The Australian Education Union President Meredith Peace says they received the legal documents late last night, and are getting professional advice on their position.

“They’re basically saying that they’ll take us to the Federal Court over our industrial action and our protected action if we don’t remove certain items from our log of claims,” Ms Peace said.

“They’ve had our log of claims for two years. Why are they now presenting us with a letter that complains about certain aspects of that log of claims?”

Late last year the union announced plans to hold a twenty-four hour strike in February, as well as a ban on working more than thirty-eight hours a week.

Shadow Education Minister Steve Herbert said the Baillieu Government has been too slow in dealing with the matter.

“The minister must have been asleep for the last two months. The teachers union were absolutely clear at the end of last year,” Mr Herbert said.

“If they were genuine that their only response to the teachers’ new position was to take them to court, then why didn’t they do it back in December?

Ms Peace said they were most frustrated by the lack of communication from government ministers.

“Premier Baillieu needs to come back to the negotiating table in good faith and offer us a fair and reasonable deal and we can resolve this dispute,” she said.

 “We are not going to resolve it through the courts.”

The government has yet to respond to calls from 3AW.

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  • If the education department could come forth with the amount of failure rates in secondary schools that being yr 10 to 11 bracket then most teachers should quit winging and think themselves lucky they are employed because in reality these up and coming students are failing because of the rubbish teachers are forcing upon them and its a rort and a cover up. They only care about their pay packet not the students that's obvious.

    black rat Monday 21 January, 2013 - 8:24 AM
  • Baillieu = Nazi ?
    Yeah I think so,
    he knows it
    and so do all the scum who support his dictatorship

    James Sunday 20 January, 2013 - 4:41 PM
  • How dare the government not pay more than $480.00 A DAY! I have to oversee 90 primary school age children. I don't teach anymore,Ijust have my teachers project my teaching and social school philosophies. I just sit in my office and make sure my receptionist does my communication PR work properly and promptly. I don't have to worry bout funding matters because the school boared does that and the parents working body looks after the school maintenence.Oh that's right, I do have to attend the odd educational seminar/meeting from time to time, damm! Shool security? Not even Mother Terese can access school grounds, so no problems there! No mad gunmen either! Thankyou Johnny Howard. As you can see, I really do earn my pay.

    lee Sunday 20 January, 2013 - 12:15 PM
  • You are nothing but a bully Baillieu, just deliver on your election promise and get on with it

    Mark Saturday 19 January, 2013 - 12:07 PM
  • Teachers appear to me to be too left wing and need to be brought under control! Long, long overdue. A firm discipline regimen needs to be installed in their profession and a parallel disciplinary system installed for the handling of recalcitrant damned kids - the me, me brigade.

    Bill Abrahams Saturday 19 January, 2013 - 9:05 AM
  • Let the teachers do a month of disabilty work then they'll see what underpaid, underappreciated & overworked IS!!!

    janelle Friday 18 January, 2013 - 11:19 PM

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