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50,000 teachers go on strike in Australia's New South Wales
About 50,000 Australian teachers walked off their jobs protest State Government reforms. (file photo)
About 50,000 Australian teachers walked off their jobs protest State Government reforms. (file photo)
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:11PM
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Tens of Thousands of teachers have walked off the job for 24 hours in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) to protest government reforms.


About 50,000 angry teachers walked off their jobs on Wednesday to protest State Government reforms that gives more authority to school principals and local communities over budgets and staffing.

Members of the NSW Teachers Federation are attending rallies at Town Hall in Sydney and 30 other places in NSW, forcing the closure of more than 2,000 public schools across the state.

"We will commit to this campaign for as long as it takes. This is not something that we are going to walk away from," NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said.

The reform allows principals to replace permanent teachers and gives them more control over the school’s budget. The government says the move will cut education expenditure.

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