Community rally against education cuts in Bunbury

The State School Teachers’ Union, the CPSU/CSA and United Voice members will join with members of the community today to protest against the government’s education cuts.

The State School Teachers’ Union, the CPSU/CSA and United Voice members will join with members of the community today to protest against the government’s education cuts.

The community rally was organised to update the local community on the cuts, which would include 500 Education Assistants and support staff and an estimated 600 FTE teaching positions across the state.

Additional cuts to roles such as Library Officers and Lab Technicians were also anticipated.

“The Education Minister Peter Collier has only just finally admitted what schools and the unions already knew – schools are going to be impacted by the government’s cuts to education,” said SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne.

“Regional schools will be among the worst affected by the cuts, and we cannot let them get away with this.”

It’s estimated that Bunbury Senior High School would lose 2 FTE positions and $55,000 would be cut from its SSPRA funding for special programs. On top of that, the school would have to find an extra $41,000 to pay the government’s long service leave levy.

CPSU/CSA Branch Assistant Secretary Rikki Hendon was concerned about the impact the cuts were going to have on students, particularly those with special needs.

“We have a brilliant public school system that has served our state well, but the Barnett Government is putting that in jeopardy by cutting back on resources and staff,” she said.

Secretary of United Voice, Carolyn Smith, said the community rally would send a message to the Barnett Government that it had got its priorities wrong.

“Instead of quality education, Colin Barnett thinks it’s more important to build a stadium and somewhere to park a yacht in the city. He’s lost touch with the priorities of everyday people,” she said. 

The Community Rally will be held at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell on Thursday 14th November 4-5:30pm.