Strikes to continue

MORE 24 hour stop work action could take place in term four as the Australian Education Union continues its industrial action over the enterprise bargaining agreement proposed by the state government.

And AEU members have also been given union approval to protest and stop work should a Coalition politician visit their school.

AEU Victoria branch president Mary Bluett said the ban on Coalition politicians visiting schools was one of many bans that have been implemented following the stop work action on June 7, when thousands of teachers rallied in Melbourne.

“We have already set in place certain bans,” Ms Bluett said.

“There is a ban on Coalition politicians visiting schools, members have been authorised to protest and stop work. There is also a ban on the further implementation of the intranet and the development of the Australian National Curriculum.”

Ms Bluett said the union’s state council also considered options including a letter box drop and rallies and stop work action during term four when it met on Friday.

“There will be further bans but we won’t be going public on those as they will be on and off,” Ms Bluett said.

“There could be further 24 hour stop work in term four.

“We will be targeting Baillieu, Hall and Dixon and we will be targeting the marginal seats with the same sort of action.”

A government spokesman said the government encouraged the union to “come back to the negotiating table.”

“It is disappointing that some members of the AEU should choose to embark on this type of action,” he said.

“The government has an offer on the table to make our best performing teachers the best paid in the country.”