Protesters united in stance

Secret Harbour parents, teachers and students rallied together over education cuts. There were similar protests at other locations.
Secret Harbour parents, teachers and students rallied together over education cuts. There were similar protests at other locations.

Despite the rain, hundreds banded together during a stop work meeting on the Secret Harbour Primary School oval yesterday morning.

The primary school’s P&C vice-president Samantha Prentice said it was important for teachers to stand together.

‘We need to show that we support each other and that we are doing this for the future of our children,’ she said.

‘I’m not confident that the Government will listen to us but we are going to do everything we can to support our teachers and children.’

State School Teachers Union WA president Anne Gisborne said they had been forced to take action because the Government had still refused to admit that it was making cuts.

The State School Teachers’ Union, the CPSU/CSA and United Voice members also held a state-wide stop work meeting at Gloucester Park.

More than 54 state schools were expected to be closed yesterday morning and others to remain open but with a limited number of teachers.

Classes were expected to resume as normal in the afternoon.