Remote teachers strike

On July 25, the Queensland Teachers' Union announced that around 500 teachers from remote parts of the state, including the Torres Strait, will take part in 24-hour stop-work actions.

The strikes will take place on July 31 and August 6, and are part of a protest campaign against the state government's chronic neglect of staff accommodation.

While a recent Auditor-General's report into the state of education department housing in Qld indicated that $37.2 million was needed to address maintenance issues, the state government budget has allocated only $10 million. Teachers in remote Qld are living in houses infested with termites, rot and exposed wiring.