Teachers, principals and support staff have voted to escalate industrial action if negotiations over wages and conditions with the state government do not progress by February 12.
The Australian Education Union said stop work meetings held on Monday gave strong feedback that members support industrial action.
AEU state manager Roz Madsen said the good will of educators is rapidly running out.
“It is unacceptable that students will be returning on Wednesday to the same under-resourced classrooms and with teachers feeling disrespected by a state government that won’t even offer a payrise that keeps up with the cost of living,” Ms Madsen said.
“Support staff return to the same roles which sees them stood down over the holidays and who haven’t seen a pay rise since December 2017.
“If there is no progress by the February 12 deadline then our executive, at its meeting on February 14, may decide to escalate campaign action which could include work bans and future stop work action.”
Stop work meetings were held on Monday in schools and colleges around the state and were scheduled on a student-free day to minimise disruption.
Educators in fire affected areas were exempt from the action.
Treasurer Peter Gutwein said the government is negotiating in good faith with the unions and would hope that the AEU does the same.
“While negotiations are underway we would expect industrial action to cease, particularly action that directly impacts on families and the delivery of key services to Tasmanians,” Mr Gutwein said.
“Hodgman’s offer of a 2 per cent pay rise not only relegates Tasmanian teachers to lowest paid in the country but also sends the living standards of educators backwards,” Ms Madsen said.
“Tassie kids will miss out on the quality education they deserve if we don’t pay teachers enough to ensure we attract and retain the best and brightest an classrooms aren’t resourced to meet the individual learning needs of students.
“We need a government that will stand up for our kids and quality education.”