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Greens Call for Government Action on Teacher Crisis on World Teachers Day

27 October 2023

The Greens are calling on the Government to resolve ongoing negotiations with the Australian Education Union and provide urgently needed support for South Australian teachers.

“This World Teachers Day, the Government must put their money where their mouth is and finally pay educators what they are worth. Talk is cheap in politics, the Government should take genuine action to resolve this crisis,” said Greens Education Spokesperson Robert Simms MLC.

The Greens stand in solidarity with our public school educators in their struggle for better pay and work conditions. The pressure on teachers is higher than ever, and the State Government’s offers have fallen well short of what’s required.”

“It’s concerning that after months of negotiations and industrial action involving thousands of members of the AEU, the Malinauskas Government has so far been unable to come to the table with a salary offer that deals with the escalating crisis in the recruitment and retention of South Australian teachers and reflects the importance and complexity their work.”

Last month, Mr Simms moved a motion in the Upper House calling on the State Government to commit to supporting South Australian public education by improving teacher salaries and eliminating excessive and unsustainable workloads.