Coffs Harbour

The IEU and NSW Teachers Federation members rallied together at Brelsford Park in Coffs Harbour in a strong show of solidarity over their concerns for the teaching profession.

Staff shortages were the story of the day, with IEU speaker Markus Muschal expressing dismay that full-time teaching positions on the NSW north coast are not attracting any applicants. Uncompetitive wages are not enticing new people to the profession while unsustainable workloads are driving teachers out, he said.

Members of the two unions marched together through the main street and mall, then on to the Pacific Highway where drivers of passing cars and trucks sounded their horns in support.

Both unions can feel proud of standing together to demand solutions to the problems in our profession.

Sandra White