The NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) has requested a stop work meeting of teachers on Thursday, 8 December. The meeting is scheduled to end before school recess with classes commencing sometime after. As a result, some schools are asking parents to find "alternative arrangements" for children during the morning. Here's what you need to know.
Government schools across NSW will not function properly on Thursday due to ongoing negotiations over salaries and working conditions. Around 50,000 teachers are expected to walk off the job to vote on whether to accept an offer by the Department of Education.
"Federation members are authorised to make minimal supervision arrangements for students who attend school for the duration of the stop work meetings," the NSWTF explained in a letter to members.
"It is important, however, that the great majority of Federation members attend the stop work meetings to participate in the union’s democratic processes."
All classes are expected to resume by 11:30am on the same day. Some schools are asking parents to find alternative arrangements for children during the morning session.
Is your school affected?
Probably. The stop work meeting will affect more than 2000 primary and secondary schools. To find out how your school is affected, we advise contacting them directly. Alternatively, detailed information should be available on your school's official Facebook page.
Do your kids have to stay at home?
As mentioned, parents are being urged to find alternative arrangements for children during the morning session. With that said, schools will remain open for children who cannot find alternative arrangements - just don't expect them to learn much. Supervision is also expected to be minimal. (So if your kid gets bullied, keep 'em at home.)
Are buses still running?
The stop work meeting does not involve buses. However, most schools will not be providing an alternate timetable to accommodate the strike. In other words, you will need to drop your kids off yourself after recess.
Will there be more strikes?
In a letter to members, the NSW Teachers Federation hinted that more industrial action could be in the pipeline relating to "workload and related issues".