As many as 500 teachers will strike on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, during a stop work event organised by Teachers for Refugees.
“We demand the government bring all the kids and adults Australia has sent to Nauru and Manus Island to Australia for permanent resettlement,” organisers wrote on Facebook.
“There are 84 children on Nauru, and more than a thousand adults imprisoned in offshore detention.
“The mental health crisis is catastrophic — children are in catatonic states, and adults are suicidal. Men are regularly beaten on Manus. There is no health care, education or future for refugees on Nauru or Manus.”
Lucy Honan from Teachers for Refugees defended the group’s decision after 3AW host Neil Mitchell questioned whether the protest should impact students.
“It is wrong to get their students involved,” Mitchell said this morning.
But Ms Honan stood by the need for serious action.