Union rises to protest

State School Teachers Union organiser Cathy Smith and supporters at the cake stall. Picture: Bruce Hunt d412085
State School Teachers Union organiser Cathy Smith and supporters at the cake stall. Picture: Bruce Hunt d412085

The State School Teachers’ Union, United Voice and CPSU/CSA recently handed over a petition with more than 42,000 signatures to Opposition leader Mark McGowan, calling for the State Government to reverse its education cuts.

The government has so far confirmed it will cut 500 education positions, reduce funding for special programs by a third, freeze teacher numbers and impose a long service levy on schools.

Cake stalls have been held outside MPs’ electoral offices throughout WA.

‘The Premier and the Education Minister seem to be the only ones who don’t understand what a huge impact these cuts are going to have on WA schools,’ SSTUWA president Anne Gisborne said.

‘But the fact that more than 42,000 parents and community members across the state have signed this petition shows how concerned the public is about what these cuts mean for children’s education.’