Wednesday, 20 August 2008

TAFE teachers protest for more pay

Classes at TAFE campuses in central Victoria are expected to be disrupted by a teachers' protest in Melbourne today.

TAFE teachers are holding a stop-work meeting in Melbourne this morning as they step up their campaign for better pay and more permanent positions.

The union's Greg Barclay says poor pay is driving people away from the profession.

He says about 60 per cent of the work force is employed casually.

Mr Barclay says regional teachers are growing angrier about the way they are being treated.

"We are the most underpaid TAFE teachers in all of Australia, we're about $21,000 behind TAFE teachers in New South Wales and around about $13,000 behind secondary school teachers here in Victoria," he said.

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