The ongoing Victorian Teacher’s fight for wage parity with their NSW counterparts has reached the Border, quite literally with a gathering of around half of Wodonga’s Catholic educators meeting on the Lincoln causeway and march across the state border in a symbolic gesture to highlight discrepancies in wages between the two states.
“We’ve always been really disgruntled with the fact we can go across the river and get anything from $10,000 to $12,000 a year more than we can here” Catholic College Wodonga union representative Richard Bence said.
Union general secretary Deb James said it was about time Premier John Brumby sat up and took notice of the inequality his educators endured.
“Victorian teachers, whether they are in public or Catholic schools, are the worst paid in Australia,” she said.
“A Catholic school teacher working in Victoria for 12 years earns $65,414, their NSW counterpart earns $75,352 after only nine years.”
Ms James urged the Government to return to the negotiating table.
There appears to be no imminent resolution in sight.