Ipswich's teachers will strike

MORE than 20,000 Ipswich state school students will have an extra day off next term after teachers voted to strike for 24-hours on October 16.

Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) Moreton Organiser Steve Leese, who represents 98 separate sites in the wider Ipswich region, said the action was confirmed after a recent ballot of members.

Mr Leese said members had been forced into the action after negotiations over pay and conditions with the State Government broke down.

"It's regrettable because we don't take this type of industrial action lightly," Mr Leese said.

"We are advising parents to make alternate arrangements for their kids on that day because all QTU members will be on strike." The strike will include teachers from all Ipswich state schools including primary, secondary and special schools.

It's unclear whether Ipswich government run schools will close for the day or some staff will be available to supervise children.

The dispute centres on the removal from the state award of conditions including class sizes, beginning teachers' pay and the teacher transfer system.

QTU West Moreton principal representative Andrew Thompson said the action would impact school children and their families but if teachers agreed to the changes the impact on children's education could be even greater.

"These conditions directly impact the learning outcomes for our kids," he said.

Education Queensland chose not to comment on the industrial action when contacted by the QT.

Topics:  education queensland industrial relations qtu queensland government teachers

Australian first 'health revolution' launched in Ipswich

TECH FUTURE: Registered nurse Laura McLean chats with the first ever Me Care patient Donna Inglis via a video link.

City chosen for futuristic health project

Markets light up Workshops

The Museum Twilight Markets at The Workshops Rail Museum. Pictured are Nadine Beckhouse of Pink Woods with Noah, 9, Reeve, 7, and Isla, 5.

Twilight markets at Rail Workshops

OPINION: Ipswich Hospice worthy of support

Peter McMahon OAM, Chairperson for Ipswich Hospice Care.

Make a Chrsitmas donation to a vital community organisation

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Things to do this weekend

ON STAGE: Dragon play the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.

See an Oz rock icon, take in a play, or visit a musuem

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

MacBook fires up: New "touchbar" will include emojis

COULD emojis help the MacBook again deliver a laptop revolution?

Angus T. Jones got miserable on Two and a Half Men

Child star's misery while shooting 'Two and a Half Men'

Bachelorette shock: "This isn't how it's supposed to go!"

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

Radio presenter's shocking joke about Dreamworld victims

Images from the scene after four people died on a ride at Dreamworld at the Gold Coast

Radio host taken off air after tactless Dreamworld joke

Things to do this weekend

ON STAGE: Dragon play the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.

See an Oz rock icon, take in a play, or visit a musuem

The Bachelorette fans rally around devastated Matty J

The Bachelorette runner-up Matty Johnson.

CALLS for reality dating show's runner-up to be the next Bachelor.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available