Barnett and Collier missing the point

Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Peter Collier's insistence that WA teachers should not be taking industrial action because they were well paid showed they had completely missed the point. 

Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Peter Collier's insistence that WA teachers should not be taking industrial action because they were well paid showed they had completely missed the point.

Mr Barnett's latest comments that teachers were taking action 'for the sake of it' showed a complete misunderstanding of the depth of feeling among educators towards his government's cuts.

"These comments show that the Premier has not been listening at all to teachers, Principals, Education Assistants, school staff and parents," said SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne.

"This industrial action has absolutely nothing to do with pay, it has nothing to do with conditions, but it has everything to do with the Barnett Government undermining the standard of education in this state.

"Colin Barnett's cuts mean children who are disadvantaged, children with learning difficulties and children with special needs may no longer get the help they need.

"Colin Barnett's cuts mean some schools will have to cancel core subjects, while others will have to slash special programs.

"If we do not stand up for our children, who will? Certainly not the Barnett government."

The union also rejected the Premier's assertions that parents would not support the action because of the inconvenience caused by schools being closed for two hours.

"Most of the parents we've spoken to understand that we are standing up for the rights of their children to a quality education," she said.

"If parents understand that, why doesn't the government?"
The stop work meeting will be held at Gloucester Park at 9:30am on Thursday.

“Mr Barnett can find money for other things. We call on him to put our kids first, and stop his cuts to education.”