Hundreds of education assistants attended a rain-soaked rally at parliament house Tuesday to protest job cuts.
Last month’s WA Budget included the shock loss of 500 education assistants and support staff from public schools across Perth. The State School Teachers Union is demanding the Barnett government reverse the cuts or face strike action over three weeks.
The government says the cuts stay.
United Voice WA assistant secretary Carolyn Smith said industrial action by support staff was a last resort.
“We are calling on Premier Barnett to reverse the cuts!” Carolyn Smith from United Voice told the rally.
“Our education system has reached crisis point. Members are angry!
“Education assistants do invaluable work in the classroom every single day yet the premier cut their jobs to sort out his budget problems.
“Members deserve better. The children of WA deserve better.”
Also at the rally were federal workplace relations minister Bill Shorten, WA education minister Peter Collier and WA Labor leader Mark McGowan.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK