A union says teachers are planning a series of strikes and work-to-rule protests because the Northern Territory Government has refused to reconsider planned cuts to teacher numbers.

The Australian Education Union (AEU) says a meeting with Government negotiators today had showed there is no prospect of any change to the plan.

NT branch secretary Peter Clisby says the last thing teachers want is to disrupt students but fear if they do not do something now, the quality of education will be damaged.

"The Government has made these decisions in cabinet as a cost-saving effort, without any consideration for the effect on remote education, and the effect on students who are now entering and going through remote education," he said.

"Those students' welfare has not been considered."

The AEU has applied to Fair Work Australia for approval to take industrial action.

Mr Clisby says negotiations have shown the Government thought teachers, parents and students would just roll over and accept the cuts of more than 100 teachers.

The union expects it will take six weeks for Fair Work Australia to decide if industrial action can be taken.

 

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