Tasmanian school teachers strike escalates

Striking teachers in Hobart

About 200 Catholic school teachers and supporters rallied in Hobart's CBD yesterday morning as an industrial dispute escalated, ABC News reports.

The protesters gathered outside St Mary's Cathedral in Hobart as part of a wages and conditions campaign.

The union is demanding support staff get 40 weeks of guaranteed work a year, and that homeroom and pastoral care is recognised as part of a teacher's load.

It also wants better redundancy payouts.

Teacher Lachlan Marsh urged the Catholic Education Office to come back to the bargaining table.

'In a negotiation you have to meet halfway and you can't say this is our final position,' he said.

Primary school teacher Jeremy Oliver said he could not understand why negotiations had stopped.

'Our action today is to say we actually need negotiations to continue,' he said.

Meanwhile, in the State's north, another 150 teachers walked off the job, and a further stop work is planned for teachers in Burnie today.

Read full article: Catholic teachers dispute escalates with a rally in Hobart over pay and conditions (ABC News) 

Photo: Striking Catholic school teachers rally in Hobart (Danny Tran)

Related Story: Catholic teachers in Tasmania's north on strike (ABC News)

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