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A government taskforce into the education workforce has recommended an immediate and significant pay rise for teachers as they prepare to take further industrial action.

Education Minister Mark McGowan released the Twomey report today, which contained 83 recommendations, including improved pay for teachers and lecturers and for Mr McGowan to take every opportunity to enunciate support for the teaching fraternity and their value to the community.

The taskforce, headed up by Professor Lance Twomey, was established by Mr McGowan in March last year when the State Government faced a teacher shortage when the school term commenced.

The State School Teachers Union of Western Australia had criticised him for not releasing the report earlier.

Mr McGowan said he had released the report as an act of goodwill after the Industrial Relations Commission ordered the SSTUWA not to hold rolling strikes or instruct its members to issue reports.

"I welcome that ruling and I and the department applied for that ruling in order to protect students' education around Western Australia," Mr McGowan said.

"In light of that and as an act of good faith to the workforce and in order to end the destruction of the issue that this has become, I have today released the Twomey report."

In February teachers defied an IRC order and went ahead with a planned strike after rejecting the offer of a 13 per cent pay rise.

SSTUWA president Anne Gisborne told 6PR she was disappointed the report had not been released earlier.

"I think it's not before time, we are certainly acknowledging the work of our members in refusing to produce student reports as one of the significant pressures in finally getting this document released into the public domain," Ms Gisborne said.

"The disappointment for us is that the document is now being released as we move into arbitration.

"We believe if it had been available during negotiations it may well have assisted both parties to resolve the matters between themselves..."

Mr McGowan said he endorsed significant pay rises for teachers.

"I want to make sure our workforce is there for the long term, I want to make sure that our teachers are well paid," he said. Opposition education spokesman Peter Collier said it was essential the government implemented all recommendations in the report.

"If the government fails to adhere to Professor Twomey's recommendations, it will do so at its peril," Mr Collier said.

The report was well overdue, Mr Collier said.

"One wonders why it has taken so long for the Minister for Education to release the report," he said.

"There is little evidence to this point that the government intends to incorporate the reports' recommendations with the necessary vigour.

"That is, the minister has been completely intransigent with regard to the current EBA negotiations, which should have been done and dusted months ago."



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