In many countries, protests are held against austerity measures. When it regards turning these protests into a movement for economic reform, lessons can be learned from the way in which Australian teachers responded to the threat of salary cuts in the 1990s, Amanda Tattersall argues in an article on Stronger Unions.
The teachers’ union formed coalitions with school principals and parents; it framed its campaigns as campaigns for public education rather than against government policies and it collected almost 700,000 euros from its members to wage an effective media campaign. It also set up a large-scale public inquiry asking teachers, parents and others to raise their concerns and solutions.
Eventually, the campaign resulted in almost 200 million euros being invested in public education.