The Victorian Government has gone to the Federal Court to try to stop a mass teachers' strike and work bans over a pay dispute.The state's public school teachers plan to walk off the job on February 14, just weeks into the 2013 school year, as the union negotiates with the government over a pay deal.
But the state government today announced it has now sought a Federal Court injunction to stop the industrial action, as it has long threatened to do.
The injunction is to stop the Australian Education Union's mass strike and bans placing school camps, excursions, school fetes and sport activities at risk.
The state government also wants the court to rule that certain items in the union's log of claims should be excluded from any enterprise bargaining agreement - a ruling that would make any industrial action to support those claims unlawful.
A spokesman for Finance Minister Robert Clark said the issuing of the court proceeding followed the union's failure to call off their industrial campaign despite ample warnings.
"The Victorian government considers the proposed industrial action is unlawful under the Fair Work Act and would continue the AEU's unjustifiable disruption of children's education and the work arrangements of families and their employers," the spokesman said.
"The planned actions have already begun to impact detrimentally on camp operators."
The government and the union will continue meeting this week.
The union has revised its initial claim for a 30 per cent pay rise over three years to 12.6 per cent over the same period.
The government has refused to budge on its offer of an annual pay rise of 2.5 per cent with any further increases to be offset by productivity gains.
Comment is being sought from the teachers' union.