Should I stay or should I go? Academics facing this dilemma should ask themselves 3 questions
Students will return to public schools next month against the backdrop of what are expected to be the most bitterly contested award negotiations between teachers and the NSW Department of Education in more than a decade.
The NSW Teachers Federation wants pay rises of up to 7.5 per cent a year and two extra hours per week of planning time, saying skyrocketing workloads and stagnating salaries have put many people off joining the profession, leading to worsening shortages.
However, the Department of Education is unlikely to breach a 2.5 per cent annual growth cap on public sector wages introduced by the Coalition government 10 years ago. The policy only allows the cap to be breached if productivity gains are negotiated.
The award expires in December and the federation wants negotiations …
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