Collier pulls out of addressing stop work meeting

The State School Teachers’ Union was immensely disappointed Education Minister Peter Collier would not be addressing the stop work meeting tomorrow.

The State School Teachers’ Union was immensely disappointed Education Minister Peter Collier would not be addressing the stop work meeting tomorrow.

It’s estimated up to 10,000 teachers, Principals, Education Assistants and school staff would attend the meeting in Perth tomorrow to protest over the Barnett Government’s education cuts.

Mr Collier was invited to address the rally, but pulled out late last night.

“The Minister initially indicated to me in a phone conversation on Monday that he would like to take up our invitation to address the rally,” said SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne.

“However, I received an email at nine o’clock last night saying he would not be coming because he had parliamentary commitments to attend to.”

Ms Gisborne said the decision appeared hypocritical in light of the complaints from the Premier over the Minister not being invited to address the rally at Parliament House two weeks ago.

“Considering the way the Premier carried on last time, I would have thought he would excuse Mr Collier from any parliamentary business to allow him to address tomorrow’s meeting.

“I think the Premier is once again showing his contempt for the concerns of the community by not making attending this rally a priority for his Minister.”

Ms Gisborne also accused the Premier of continuing to put misinformation into the public arena about educators’ concerns.

“The Premier is continually confusing the introduction of the Teese funding model with these budget cuts and they are not the same thing at all.

“The union is NOT fundamentally opposed to Teese. What we are opposed to is the government trying to make cuts before introducing the new model. 

“Even the author of the report himself says he can’t understand why the government would take this action.”

The stop work meetings would be held tomorrow at Gloucester Park in Perth at 9:30am and at regional centres around the state.

The union encouraged parents to take their children to the meetings to show their support.

It’s the union’s understanding that 54 schools around the state would close during the meetings.

Classes were expected to resume in the afternoon and parents should contact their children’s schools for information.

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