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Teachers may still strike over pay

| 24.07,09. 05:39 AM |

Teachers may still strike over pay

AAP July 24, 2009 4:08AM

A HEARING before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) today may decide whether schoolteachers in the state continue their campaign for a better pay deal by taking strike action next week.

The pay dispute will head back to the QIRC after the teachers' union agreed earlier in the week to temporarily suspend work bans and strikes planned for next week pending further talks with the Government.

Queensland Teachers' Union president Steve Ryan said he expected to see a revised offer yesterday but it had not eventuated.

"We have said to the department and to the Government that if there is no revised offer ... when we go back into the commission then we will have to reconsider that particular position (on striking) as well," Mr Ryan said.

The Government has so far offered the state's 40,000 teachers a 12.5 per cent pay rise over three years, but teachers say this will not put them on a par with interstate colleagues.

State Education Minister Geoff Wilson said the Government had advised the commission it was willing to put a revised offer on the table, provided the Commissioner agreed to supervise the talks at a further hearing on Friday at 11.30am (AEST).

Premier Anna Bligh said that while there may be some room for flexibility within the government's offer, the total cost of the offer could not be increased.

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