Parents will need to plan ahead as thousands of teachers across Illawarra are expected to go on strike for 24 hours on Tuesday. The President of the Teachers’ Federation said statewide industrial action by public school teachers will continue next week despite the NSW Industrial Relations Commission ordering the union to abstain to strike for his wage demand. Illawarra Teachers Association president and local elementary school teacher Elizabeth Scott said many of her colleagues felt the civil service salary cap meant they had been “left behind”. Read more: First Look at the Restoration of the Grand Imperial Hotel in Clifton She said there was a need to improve the status of the profession and attract new teachers. “Our workloads are unmanageable and we have a lot of students with complex issues, mental health issues and teachers have had to deal with two bottlenecks,” Ms. Scott said. “We are facing a massive shortage of teachers in the coming years. We need to attract young teachers and keep them in the profession, especially once older teachers retire. Ms Scott said the biggest problem facing the Illawarra was the lack of casual relief staff to replace teachers on a day-to-day basis. “Last week I had three classes that I couldn’t have a casual teacher take,” she said. “This meant that we had to divide the classes into others, which affects the planned programs. It’s not ideal.” It happens in my school at least once a week and it happens across Illawarra . Ms Scott said teachers had to complete a large amount of administrative tasks such as data collection and risk and liability management procedures that took time to prepare and teach lessons. This was particularly difficult. for teachers, as many of them still had to go to school a few days a week to manage and support children and their families. “This is not a sudden action,” she said. “We have been presenting our case for over a year, but the government is sticking to the civil service ceiling and not following the advice of its own department. . “What more can we do? We are reaching a point of crisis.” The Illawarra Mercury Newsroom is funded by our readers. You can sign up to support our journalism here.