Friday, 25 July 2008

Remote teachers to strike over housing

Teachers in far north Queensland will hold 24-hour strikes in the next two weeks over the state of their housing.

Around 500 teachers from 28 schools in the Torres Strait, Cape York and Gulf of Carpentaria will stop work on July 31 and August 6.

Queensland Teachers Union president Steve Ryan said the action followed stop-work meetings in April.

"Teachers ... are living in insecure, leaking, rundown, sub-standard accommodation," Mr Ryan said.

"Yet the state budget announced in June utterly failed to deliver the funding levels required to provide safe, secure, adequate and sufficient housing in these areas."

Details of strike times and schools affected are available on the website

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