TEACHERS say they are being bullied into taking part in strikes by union reps and fear going public with their support for the government's education reforms.
Staff who refuse to join strike action claim they have been the victims of constant harassment and bullying by "militant" NSW Teachers' Federation representatives and pressured into taking part.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has vowed to take back control of public education from the union and said there would be no compromise on the government's school autonomy policy.
He said the rollout of the Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms giving schools greater control over their own budgets and staffing would continue in terms three and four this year, despite 70,000 teachers voting for an urgent review of the reforms at the May 18 stopwork meeting.
Mr Piccoli said the government would not hold a review or hit the pause button on its plans. "The answer to that is no," Mr Piccoli said.
He said the union was an "important stakeholder" in public education but it had no authority to make decisions.
A western Sydney public school deputy principal told The Sunday Telegraph teachers who did not support strike action were "hunted down one-by-one" and pressured into changing their minds.
Teachers at another Sydney school have penned an anonymous complaint to Mr Piccoli about their union representative, accusing him of bullying staff and scaring parents with "dubious information."
"It is not possible to voice a differing opinion for fear of bullying behaviour that has been experienced by several staff members both past and present," a letter signed by Concerned Teachers said.
"The fact is many teachers ... do in fact agree that the new government policies will provide for an improved system of education in NSW."
But other teachers at the school denounced the claims. In a letter penned to The Sunday Telegraph, they said the complaint represented the view of a "noisy minority".