Unions ramp up campaign against budget cuts as school goes back

The State School Teachers’ Union would again ramp up its campaign against the State Government’s education budget cuts, as the school term commenced this week.

The State School Teachers’ Union would again ramp up its campaign against the State Government’s education budget cuts, as the school term commenced this week. 

The SSTUWA joined forces with United Voice and the CPSU/CSA, after the government decided to slash hundreds of jobs from the education sector.

SSTUWA President Anne Gisborne said the three unions would continue to speak out on behalf of WA’s public school children.

“I’m sure that the government is hoping we’ve had our rally, we’ve had our say, now we’re going to let this issue drop,” she said.

“But the education of our children is too important for us to just give up in the face of the government’s refusal to negotiate.”

Ms Gisborne said the new phase of the campaign would include targeting Liberal and National MP’s to explain how the cuts were going to affect the schools in their electorates.

“It’s up to individual MP’s to look at what’s happening in their area and stand up for the education of the children in their electorates,” she said.

The unions would also continue educating parents by talking to P&C’s, handing out information at schools and asking them to sign petitions.

Ms Gisborne said the unions would continue campaigning until the government agreed to reverse its budget cuts.

"We will consider every action necessary, including political and industrial," she said.