Queensland teachers will strike if schools don’t shut this week

Queensland teachers have announced they will strike this week, if the state government doesn’t close schools amidst the coronavirus crisis.

New measures introduced overnight mean that pubs, clubs, restaurants, gyms and many other businesses will be closing as of midday today.

Though the medical advice still says that schools are safe to remain open.


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Just today, one school in Brisbane has had to close its doors, with three parents testing positive over the weekend.

Over the border, New South Wales is keeping its schools open, though the state government is encouraging parents to keep students home wherever possible.

While in Victoria, school holidays have been brought forward to this week.

The Queensland Teachers Union announced this morning that teachers are becoming increasingly concerned for their own welfare, and will move to strike action if the government doesn’t act.

It’s understood Union representatives will be meeting with the education minister this afternoon to further discuss the matter.

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Graham Staerk
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Graham Staerk

I think this is a bad call. Teachers at least get to stay on full pay, strike or no strike. Compare that to the thousands of hospitality workers who lost their jobs at midday. Don’t people don’t know when they’ve got it good.

Vicki Jones
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Vicki Jones

Actually Graham you are mistaken. If teachers strike they don’t get paid for those days/hours they strike. Covid19 is causing a terrible situation that is affecting people globally. If the government believes the situation is dire enough that thousands of workers across the majority of the nation should be in isolation at great personal and corporate cost, it is reprehensible to not afford the same consideration to teachers and all school staff. Especially in an environment which means that all health precautions to prevent the spread of the virus are practically impossible.

Jenny
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Jenny

Yet those teachers continue to send their children to daycare when home or on holidays and expect supermarkets to stay open. They do get paid, the government brought in a 4 week pay deal for closure.

Soft teacher
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Soft teacher

Nah think about the doctors and nurses at hospitals, or those working at the supermarkets.. Who needs medical care or toilet paper? it’s not fair to expose them either so we should close everything

A human
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A human

Ones optional ones not. Teenagers sent taking precautions so having to be at home would help

Lisy
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Lisy

No they don’t. Strike = no pay.

Joe Blow
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Joe Blow

Firstly, if Qld teachers strike, they won’t get paid. That’s kind of how a strike works…employers won’t meet an employees demands so the employees withdraw their labour and the employer stops paying wages until an agreement is made…in a simplified nutshell. Secondly, there are many, many industries that are suffering losses in hours, jobs and revenue due to this insidious virus. Most of this is because the government’s are quite rightly trying to protect their citizens and healthcare systems from the effects of the virus. Teachers are doing a damn fine job in educating our children in what are very… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

Because there is no defining evidence that children spread it.

Lana
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Lana

Children spread all kinds of germs…..coronavirus isn’t a special exclusive adults only bug

Shaun
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Shaun

I agree the government is just stupid and yes they do think that the schools are a safe place

A human
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A human

Yes being surrounded by hundreds of kids dosent put them at risk at all. If schools were shut it would slow down spread making it safer for everyone. So no you did not think before you posted

Tanya
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Tanya

I am a parent who works at a hospital. If schools shut down, then nurses, doctors, cleaners, physio etc will have to stay home to look after there children, then who will look after the sick patients?

Sally
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Sally

Teachers and schools are not baby sitters, most school staff have their own children, families to worry about. Why should teachers and school staff remain at work, just to baby sit doctors and nurses children. If you are so worried hire a baby sitter to look after your child, or you and your husband take turns watching your own children like every other working families with children. Teachers are not baby sitters. They are educators.

Tammy Petersen
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Tammy Petersen

You should stay at work until told not to as it is your duty of care to your students and their families. You knew about your duty of care when you took the high paid secure government job. Pull your weight like everyone else who has to keep going on.

A human
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A human

Ok so when most of the kids at a school get infected from the virus was that the teacher doing there part?

Blair
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Blair

You’re not being asked to babysit. You are being asked to educate. Do your job.

Teacher
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Teacher

My wife is a nurse, what happens when I get sick at school without symptoms, give it to her and she runs it through the hospital?

Neda
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Neda

Yep I am a nurse and don’t particularly want any of my kids potentially bringing it home from school. Limit exposure where you can.

Linda Gray
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Linda Gray

Agree. If the schools are being keppt open for health workers they should state that and tell everyone else to keep them home. It would limit exposure all around with less kids and parents going in and out of the school, then it would be safer for the health care workers kids, the teachers and all the other kids.

A human
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A human

Do you have a partner if yes they stay home if no you take care of your kid so they don’t get infected and continue to pass it on to hundreds of other people and teenagers can look after them selves

Richard J Walsh
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Richard J Walsh

Why wasn’t there something done about the other virus that’s killed 45million people worldwide, some of the people that have it are serving food?

A human
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A human

What virus?

Jo Jones
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Jo Jones

Do not close the schools just allow parents to decide, do not count carona days as days off and do not punish them for keeping their children home.

A human
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A human

But… What if a kid gets infected and brings it to school infecting hundreds of others who take it home to there parent who work in the medical industry

Gary
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Gary

I don’t think the other union actually wants to strike, the message was misinterpreted.

Tammy
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Tammy

Selfish teachers! The whole medical industry, law enforcement, essential services, farms, transport industry, grocery stores etc have to stay open. Stop being so precious and kidding yourself that the world revolves around you. Pull your weight and do your part. How un-Australian!!!

A teachers perspective
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A teachers perspective

And your job is?

Lundy
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Lundy

100% agree Tammy!

Liz
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Liz

No problem if we can also be afforded social distancing and safe hygiene measures. This is nearly impossible in a primary school. Up to 26 kids in a classroom with very limited space. 1 basin In class to get 26 kids to wash their hands. Many, many surfaces being constantly touched. Cleaners disinfecting tables at the end of the day – but not chairs or the mat or other general surfaces. (Govt not providing extra measures here). Add to this kids with inefficient hand washing technique… (when they are not 1:1 supervised). Also – they are all coming into school… Read more »

A parents perspective
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A parents perspective

Schools put children at risk also. What about when parents drop their children off they than go about their day not knowing if they contract the virus while out and about than head back to the school to collect their children where that could put other children at risk? Does anyone think about that?
Teachers also have family’s. Why do they have to be stuck at school amid this virus. They are in the same boat as everyone else who has to work. Why are they the only ones being attacked about not wanting to stay at work?

A human
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A human

So infect all the kids then

A teachers perspective
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A teachers perspective

Some observations from a teachers perspective….. * Very few students are taking this seriously. They are not practising good hygiene or social distancing. We are helpless to correct this as their is no precise directive on how to deal with these issues. * Ill students are attending school EVERY day, despite all of the advice. If it turns out that they are super spreaders of this virus, god help us all. * Our prime minister is concerned about education, but I cannot educate my classes effectively if every day there are less and less students. I don’t really know what… Read more »

Praying for some sense
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Praying for some sense

Sadly I’m a nurse and we don’t work in an environment to protect us we are running out and have run out necessary things already masks ect the only thing we can pray for is social isolation to slow the curve so we and the community have a chance . Children don’t need to be at school . We need to save lives the community needs to pull together parents working opposite shifts or one staying home To mind the kids . I can’t believe people are talking about childcare arrangements as an excuse I fear they will change there… Read more »

Jeff Johnson
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Jeff Johnson

Schools and education are very much an essential service at this point in time as they always are. Going over the same work will give the students who are there a stronger grasp of it and depending on what year level is being taught the basics are the fundamentals to everything they will learn later in school and life so the better grasp they have all the better for them. Go over the times tables if you’re struggling for content I can guarantee half the students at schools struggle with them. Yes while a majority of the kids staying in… Read more »

Praying for some sense
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Praying for some sense

There have been many lessons to be learned from Italy and China . Let’s implement them .ACT NOW .ACT Swiftly . Prepare for the worse hope for the best there is a reason these countries closed schools enforced social distancing. Let’s get the masks produced enforce social isolation let’s get emergency procedures in place . We have no excuse the evidence is right there in China Italy uk and the US . This is not a chipanzee party .We need to get it right and NOW

Tammy Q
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Tammy Q

A shut down is a shut down…. I am awfully confused by the fact that schools are left open. Schools, let’s face it are often filled with germs and exchanges of direct physical contact. Hugging… Knocking off a kids cap… Tripping… Holding hands… High fives… Pushing…whispering… And the list is endless… Kids these days will often neglect to follow their parents directions and or teacher’s when first instructed. Often, they will actually completely ignore the direction or deliberately do the opposite.. Not comprehending the seriousness of the situation. So…. Do you honestly expect the teachers to enforce the social distancing… Read more »

Mrs Daisy
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Mrs Daisy

Did any of you keyboard warriors see the actual press conference? I did, and the teachers union did NOT say they would strike. The question was asked by a reporting if they would strike and the union quite rightly said they have no plans but could NOT rule it out if their members wanted to. Union bashing at it worst and LAZY journalism trying sensationalise a story where this is none. Stop relying on 2nd hand rubbish. Be informed and watch the ABC for updates.

Colleen Mitrow
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Colleen Mitrow

Children can carry the virus. Kids are not noted for their hygeine esp in school settings with large numbers.
Teachers have their own chn to care for too.
Fair go for all!
Most countries have now closed schools. Some who did so late now regret it and numbers infected have soared in these countries.
Schools closed in Ireland a week ago and most families are managing somehow.

Craig
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Craig

shut up you old f##ks i’m at school and all of you are at work doing piss all and complaining. go home take your kids and enjoy time with them and speak to your parents as this my be the last time you see/talk to them

Train driver
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Train driver

The government MUST be pro-active, not re-active to this virus, they are so far not doing a great job, they are out of touch with the reality many are facing. Learn from other countries who acted reactively and are now suffering badly because they didn’t act proactively when they should have to the extent they should have. Such a shame the government is not supporting their own preaching.

Bill Langer
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Bill Langer

Why do they think that the schools are a safe place for children its not. Even though they might not know if they have it but they can spread it to parents, grand parents and more its just stupid. The COVID-19 cases are rising dramatically and they are doing nothing about it.

Alvine
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Alvine

Well at my school halve of my students aren’t there and yet we still have to teach and there was a case of COVID-19 at my school and im scared tat they might pass it on to me.

Amber
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Amber

Maybe qld do what nsw says schools stay open but if you can keep your kids at home. Get a few teachers to look after the rest that are at school simple. It’s school holidays soon anyway

Educator
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Educator

The schools should be shut down. I am an educator and most of the children are not taking this seriously. They think this is funny and it is a joke. Which means they are not taking hygiene practices seriously. I have children that refuse to wash theirs due to the fact that they simple ‘just don’t want to’. We have new rules that the children are not allowed to play tag but they have made their own version called ‘ Corona tag’. They are not allowed to play basket ball, hand ball or football. Their lunch times have been split,… Read more »

Riley
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Riley

I’m a student in high school. And I would like to say that yes teachers shouldn’t just worry for themselves and completely ignore instructions given by officials. But at the end of the day would you want to be in a classroom with a bunch of bratty teens that may or may-not have coronavirus. Yes workers, farmers, and hospitality workers are at high risk so the teachers should take that into account but at the end of the day we all want what’s best for us and our families so what would you do?