Teachers' strike to hit some, but not all, classes

TODAY’S teachers’ strike will halt all but year seven classes at Warrnambool College and all but year seven and 12 classes at Brauer College.

The strike will also close many local state primary schools but is likely to have a lesser impact on Catholic schools in the district.

A small number of teachers at Emmanuel College joined the strike to back their colleagues in the state sector but no classes at the school were cut. At St Pius X Primary School in west Warrnambool, about half of its pupils across all year levels were expected to get the day off because of the industrial action.

Most other Catholic primary schools are expected to run classes as normal.

Brauer College principal Jane Boyle said about half its teaching staff were involved in today’s industrial action. 

An Australian Education Union delegate at Warrnambool College, Dave Clift, said more than 60 teachers at the college would strike today.

He said the local protest action would include a rally at 11.15am outside the office of member for South West Coast Denis Napthine in Liebig Street, Warrnambool.

The Independent Education Union, which represents staff in Catholic schools, said its members were involved in today’s protest because the wages of staff in Catholic schools were directly linked to those in government schools.

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