Concern over job cuts

Image: File photo.
Image: File photo.

Local teachers also fear for their jobs if the number of temporary positions in schools is reduced.

Police Union president George Tilbury said the union was concerned preventative programs aimed at engaging students could be dropped by schools who could no longer find the money to run them.

‘One of our major concerns is that a number of preventative programs will be cut because the money is simply no longer there,’ he said.

‘This will lead to students becoming disengaged with their schooling and has the potential to see an increase in at-risk students beginning a life of recidivist crime which can be difficult to break.’

At a rally at Parliament House last week, United Voice WA branch secretary Carolyn Smith said members were angry about the State Government’s plans.

‘Somehow the Barnett Government and Minister Collier are trying to spin 500 job cuts into something that really doesn’t matter,’ she said.

‘That’s one-in-10 education assistants in early education that are losing their positions and that is going to have a huge impact on a crucial part of the education system.’