Diamond Creek mother pleads to end teacher dispute

A Diamond Creek mother who voted Liberal at the last election has pleaded with Mr Baillieu to deliver on his promise to make Victorian teachers the nation’s best paid, Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino, said today.

Mr Merlino read out part of an email from Rebecca whose child goes to a government school and has witnessed the impact that the ongoing teachers pay dispute is having.

“Mr Baillieu was confronted with Rebecca’s comments in Parliament today, who identified herself as a person who voted for him in 2010, but had grown frustrated over the Premier’s inaction over teacher’s pay,” Mr Merlino said.

“Rebecca told us that all she wanted was for the government to honour its promise and ‘pay our hard working and deserving teachers what they deserve and END THIS DISPUTE!’

“Mr Baillieu ignored the substantial criticism that Rebecca made and continued to attack teachers for striking.

“Mr Baillieu’s response in Parliament today, demonstrated just how little regard Mr Baillieu and his government has for the hard working individuals who teach our children.”

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said the Premier must step in and get an outcome for teachers, for students and their families and for the community in general.

“If there was ever a time for Mr Baillieu to show some leadership it is now,” Ms Green said.

“Labor has provided him evidence over two parliament sitting weeks, and indeed over the past two years, about the effect that the weeping sore which is the teachers dispute is having.

“With every day that passes it is clear that Mr Baillieu isn’t trying to fix the issue he has created with Victoria’s teachers because Mr Baillieu simply isn’t working on education.”