More than 20,000 teachers and support staff took a stand for better pay and conditions on 30 June as the IEU and the NSW Teachers Federation united for a historic strike, rallies and marches throughout NSW and the ACT. It is the first such joint action since 1996.
At the Sydney rally, Catholic systemic teachers and support staff sporting bright yellow t-shirts and waving clever placards convened in the St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt before stepping out onto College Street, marching proudly towards their government school colleagues, who were unmissable in red t-shirts.
At the Hyde Park intersection, the two unions merged, surging onto Macquarie Street united behind a single banner sending a powerful message: “Teachers united”.
Chanting “Hear our voice!” and “More than thanks!” at full volume, the massive crowd, accompanied by a media pack of major networks, made its way to Parliament House. The NSW Premier and Catholic employers were put on notice.