The NSW Education Department plans to fight a teachers’ strike next month, with the Education Department calling the strike action “especially disappointing” after a period of COVID-19 lockdowns.

The strike, voted on at a meeting of the NSW Teachers’ Federation on Saturday, will be the first in almost a decade.

Teachers are taking industrial action over an escalating pay dispute with the government, as the Teachers’ Federation are pushing for a 5 to 7.5 per cent pay increase.

However, public sector wage caps mean the Department cannot offer raises above 2.5 per cent.

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