Wagga Wagga

An enthusiastic group of about 100 teachers and support staff rallied at Romano’s Hotel before marching to the Catholic Education Office on Tarcutta Street.

“We have an ageing workforce and ever-increasing enrolments – we just don’t have enough qualified teachers coming through to replace those who are either retiring or leaving the profession,” said secondary school teacher Kel Woodhouse, who is also President of the IEU’s Riverina Sub Branch.

“The profession’s uncompetitive salaries and heavy workloads are putting young high school graduates off pursuing a career in education.” Another teacher who participated said: “We love our work but we’re worried about the future.”

The rally heard from IEU Organisers Megan Bruce and Lyn Caton and warmly welcomed a few words of solidarity from NSW Teachers Federation Organiser Jack O’Brien (pictured top right with the IEU's Lyn Caton).