Teachers to march in Emerald fight


EMERALD teachers will march in solidarity today in protest at the State Government's changes to classroom conditions and stalling enterprise agreement negotiations.

Queensland Teachers Union regional organiser Barry Thomson said the group will march from Emerald State School at 4pm.

"The stripping of conditions from the enterprise agreement by the Newman Government has produced alarm among members," Mr Thomson said.

The QTU orchestrated a number of political protests against the changes which would see the removal of classroom size capping, specialist teachers and support teachers. But today marks the first for Emerald and will be followed by a similar protest on September 7 when teachers will march from Emerald State High School to local MP Vaughan Johnson's Clermont St electorate office.

Mr Thomson said concerns of rural and remote teachers were the government's proposed wage freeze on new teachers for three years.

"Take places like Emerald, the cost of living is quite high," Mr Thomson said.

"(Today) is an initiative by teachers in Emerald and it is their idea to have some sort of event. The whole purpose is to draw attention to the inadequate package being offered by the Queensland Government for a new enterprise bargaining agreement."

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