James Joyce June 26, 2012
THE release of the latest Ice Age movie has been brought forward by a day to cash in on tomorrow's strike by NSW teachers.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift was originally scheduled to open in NSW cinemas on Thursday but Distributor 20th Century Fox announced today that the PG-rated animated comedy would open on Wednesday due to the planned strike action by teachers, which is expected to affect most of the state's 2200 public schools.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell has called on teachers to defy their union and go to work tomorrow.
''Teachers will lose support over what they're putting parents through tomorrow,'' he told reporters in Sydney today.
But the NSW Teachers Federation is vowing to push ahead with the strike in defiance of an order by the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), which found it was not in the public interest.
The union says the Government's contentious Local Schools, Local Decisions reforms designed to increase the local authority and responsibility of principals will see permanent teachers replaced by temporary and casual staff.
The policy gives principals the power to control 70 per cent of a school's budget and hire up to half of its staff.
Kerryn Tippett, of Event Cinemas, Greater Union and Birch Carroll and Coyle, said the cinema chain was adding early Wednesday sessions of the film to meet demand from school students ''looking to be entertained while their teachers strike''.
Ice Age 4, rated PG for its mild animated violence and coarse language, is the latest addition to the animation franchise about prehistoric animal pals which has earned $US1.9 billion worldwide at the box office.
The new film introduces several new characters, including a sabre-tooth tigress called Shira voiced by Jennifer Lopez.