Retaining and attracting teachers

To retain and attract public school teachers and TAFE lecturers, we need wages that keep up with the wages of educators around Australia and compete favourably with wages offered in the private sector in Western Australia. To achieve this, we need an end to wage fixing and a return to bargaining that takes these competitive pressures and other factors into account when negotiating wage increases.

Retaining and attracting teachers

Teachers are critical to our children’s education. 

Ensuring we have the teachers we need to give our children the individual attention they need, should be a priority.

But retaining and attracting teachers to our public schools is being undermined by a state government wages policy that has seen teachers’ wages fail to keep up with rises to the cost of living in recent years.

WA’s public school teachers are now the second worst paid in the country, putting us at risk of losing teachers interstate.

And, with WA’s economy now booming, we are seeing skills shortages emerge and wages increasing in the private sector.

If teachers’ wages don’t keep up, it’s inevitable we’ll lose some teachers to higher paid jobs elsewhere. 

The same is true at TAFE. 

Ensuring our public schools and TAFE campuses are properly funded and staffed should be a priority.

How else will our children get the support and skills they need for the future?

What we are asking for

To retain and attract public school teachers and TAFE lecturers, we need wages that keep up with the wages of educators around Australia and compete favourably with wages offered in the private sector in Western Australia.

To achieve this, we need an end to wage capping and a return to bargaining that takes these competitive pressures and other factors into account when negotiating wage increases.

The SSTUWA has joined other WA public sector unions in an alliance to work to reform the state government’s wage capping policy. Read more.