ACT Treasurer calls for teacher pay rise
"Mr Barr said their wages would rise with CPI – and he hoped they had a strong union representative to ensure a decent pay rise." Canberra Times, 17/6/2014
On Monday ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr, recognised the need for a strong pay rise for teachers in statements made in the Legislative Assembly. It comes as a welcome acknowledgment as we negotiate a new pay deal with the ACT Government.
The Treasurer was asked how a teacher, earning $65,000 after tax, could afford to pay a 10% rates increase. The Treasurer’s answer was simple. He hopes teachers win a decent pay rise. And we can achieve it through the collective bargaining power of our union.
"Mr Barr said their wages would rise with CPI – and he hoped they had a strong union representative to ensure a decent pay rise."
The message for us is simple. United together we can achieve our claim for more time and better pay but we need to be unified and organised.
Read more: Andrew Barr rebuffs questions about how strugglers can survive rates hike, Kirsten Lawson, Canberra Times, June 17, 2014