Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 in Clayton Update

The Baillieu Government should use World Teacher’s Day to explain to teachers in the Clayton electorate why it has broken its promise to make them the highest paid in Australia, Member for
Clayton Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day will be celebrated this Friday October 28 in over 100 countries, and is a great opportunity to acknowledge the vital work of teachers do.

“Instead of celebrating and rewarding our local teachers, the Baillieu Government is insulting teachers in Victorian Government schools with its broken promise to make them the highest paid in Australia,” Mr Lim said.

“The Baillieu Government’s offer of a 2.5 per cent pay rise is an insult to our hard-working teachers, with inflation running at 3.6 per cent, this would essentially be a major pay cut.

“Put yourself in the shoes of our young teachers, full of hope, enthusiasm and keen to make a positive contribution to the education of our children, but they will be many thousands of dollars worse
off than their interstate counterparts under the Baillieu Government offer.

Mr Lim said local teachers are now entitled to expect they receive no less than the recent deal offered by the Government to Victoria Police members.

“The pay rise offer is an insult to teachers who are already struggling under the Baillieu Government’s $481 million education budget cut this year.

“On World Teachers’ Day, we should honour our teachers, and the Baillieu Government should be delivering on its promise to make teachers in the Clayton electorate the highest paid in Australia.”

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