Teachers in public schools will start classes at 10.30am over two days this month as industrial action over a pay and conditions dispute with the government rolls on.
The Australian Education Union state division made the announcement on Tuesday, which would impact public schools, colleges and TAFE.
Union members have already participated in stop-work meetings and changed the way final term reports will be written as part of the industrial dispute.
Students will still be graded, but teachers have chosen not to provide individual additional comments on their performance.
It is understood there had been discussion about teachers not participating in student end-of-year celebrations like leavers’ dinners as part of industrial action.
Union state manager Roz Madsen said teachers did more work in unpaid overtime at the end of the year compared to any other time to ensure school events such as dinners and awards nights were successful.
“The AEU’s elected branch executive, made up of serving teachers and support staff, will decide future actions if the state government continues to refuse to address key workload and pay concerns and there are no plans or proposals involving end-of-year school events,” she said.
AEU state president Helen Richardson said the end-of-year events came in addition to other unpaid duties like school camp and exam preparation – on top of unmanageable and unsustainable workloads.
Ms Madsen said the state government’s response to workloads had been a counter offer that would be a pay cut in real terms.
In the latest round of action, staff will attend 45-minute stop-work meetings at one of 17 regional locations over two days in two weeks’ time.
There will be a stop-work meeting in the North and North-West from 9am on Tuesday, November 27, and another in the South on Wednesday, November 28.
Classes will then start at 10.30am.
Ms Madsen said there were work bans in place already and scope to increase those work bans.
“Significantly, our focus is on the government in relation to those work bans,” she said.
“We know that parents don’t want to be disrupted but many, many parents understand teachers are doing this for the children they are trying to educate.
“Our members take industrial action very carefully and they are doing it ultimately because they want to make sure children have the best opportunity in education.”
TASSO president Nigel Jones said the new action was “extremely disappointing”.
“The bullying tactics of the union in using kids as pawns in a power play between adults is very inappropriate,” he said.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the government was negotiating better employment conditions and arrangements to address workload issues.
“The AEU is attempting to close schools and disrupt families in pursuit of a bigger payrise,” he said.
Mr Rockliff has not yet announced whether schools will be closed until 10.30am on days when teachers are at stop-work meetings. About 90 per cent of public school educators are AEU members.