SOUTH-WEST teachers may have won the battle to continue industrial action but some parents and staff say the dispute has lasted too long.
Regional teachers will strike next week as they continue to fight the State Government for increased wages, smaller class sizes and no short-term contracts.
Enterprise Bargaining Agreement negotiations between the Australian Education Union and the State have run for the about two years with three more meetings held this week.
A State Government bid to ban further union industrial action was rejected by the Federal Court on Thursday.
South-west parents and carers were forced to make other arrangements for students last year as some class teachers, principals and education support staff walked off the job in two separate 24-hour strike actions.
While some parents agree with what the teachers are fighting for, the disruptions are starting to make others weary.
Some are over the industrial action and want school back to normal so their students can focus on learning.
Michelle Brabham, who has two students at North Hamilton Primary School and one at Baimbridge College, said she disagreed with strike action so close to the start of term one.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday February 9. 2013.