New South Wales school teachers have voted to go on strike – after pay talks hit a stalemate and with staff shortages getting worse.

The union is now organising a major rally at State Parliament.

The Teachers Federation Council voted unanimously to strike for more pay and additional staff on December 7.

“We are heading into a perfect storm; we have a rapidly aging teaching service, we have an increase in student enrolments, in fact, the biggest increase in student enrolments since the post-war baby boom,” Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said.

A report by the educational department last year warned state public schools would run out of teachers in the next five years.

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