Unions warn parents of strike nightmare

PARENTS have been warned next Tuesday may be a nightmare if teachers go ahead with their strike action and the State Government insists on keeping state schools open.

As part of an ongoing campaign for more pay, about 37,000 teachers will strike that day, leaving 400,000 children in the hands of less experienced carers if parents take Education Queensland's (EQ) advice and send their children to school.

Queensland Teachers' Union Moreton organiser Barry Welch said discussions were continuing with EQ to avert a strike.

“In most cases, parents will keep their kids at home,” he said.

“There may be issues about teacher aides taking over the duties of teachers.

“There are real issues about the capacity they have to provide the supervision.”

Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Associations (QCPCA) vice-president Garry Cislowski said Tuesday could be a nightmare.

“Education Queensland has a duty of care for any student who does present themselves at schools,” he said.

“They won't be able to cope with all students (without teachers). My advice to parents is to be guided by your own conscience.”

Mr Cislowski said the QCPCA respected the teachers' right to take industrial action.

Education Minister Geoff Wilson has assured parents that no student will be left unsupervised.

“We are committed to ensuring that children who attend can do so safely,” Mr Wilson said.



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