Thousands of educators in northern Tasmania showed their frustration at the Hodgman Government’s lack of action on workload, and also fair pay, by attending stop work meetings across northern Tasmania, the AEU said today.

Teachers and Support Staff from schools, colleges and TAFE, filled venues across the North and North West for the first of two days of morning stop work meetings.

“The unprecedented numbers of teachers and support staff participating in this action shows the depth and the breadth of concern about the impact unmanageable workload is having on quality education and student learning,” said Helen Richardson, AEU Tasmania President.

“Teachers and support staff are calling for urgent action from the Hodgman Government to lower class sizes, enable more time for lesson planning and a competitive salary that stops our most experienced teachers being the lowest paid in Australia,” said Ms Richardson.

“Tasmania’s most experienced teachers are the lowest paid in the country and have the highest workloads managing kids with the most complex needs.

“If Mr Hodgman is serious about ‘leading the nation in education’ he needs to address crippling workload and unfair pay as a matter of urgency to support quality education in this state.

“We call on Premier Will Hodgman to step up and show leadership and address educator concerns as a matter of urgency because teachers, principals and support want nothing more than to be in classrooms and focused on teaching and learning.”

Members from the CPSU and United Voice who work in education also attended today’s stop work action which rolls into southern Tasmanian tomorrow (Wed 28th Nov).

Where they are stopping work …