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Australia: biggest ever teachers' strike shakes union-busting premier

Issue No. 2307

Up to 30,000 teachers struck in the Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday of last week in what looks set to be a long-running battle over pay.

When strikers marched into the state capital, Melbourne, a 10,000-seater arena couldn’t fit them all.

Those who got in voted overwhelmingly for more strikes.

Union-busting state premier, Liberal party member Ted Baillieu had said Victoria’s teachers would be the best paid in Australia.

This turned out to mean a move towards performance-related pay, with a basic rise of just 2.5 percent.

Teachers’ union president Mary Bluett said “Teachers get the best outcomes when they are working together, not competing against each other.”

It was the biggest teachers’ strike in Victoria’s history.


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International
Tue 12 Jun 2012, 19:45 BST
Issue No. 2307
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