28 January 2015
TAFE teachers across Queensland will stop work for two hours tomorrow morning (29 January 2015) to protest and publicise the attacks on TAFE by the Queensland LNP government.
A ballot of QTU members late in 2014 supported this action in light of an unprecedented threat to the public TAFE system in Queensland. Under the Newman LNP government, a series of drastic, ideologically driven policy changes have seen overwhelmingly negative impacts on TAFE colleges right across the state.
The real and measurable impacts of these policies on TAFE include:
“The implementation of these policy changes has had a disastrous impact on Queensland TAFE,” according to QTU President Kevin Bates.
“TAFE has provided a high quality public vocational education service to all Queenslanders for 132 years, and there is a real risk that these LNP policies will mean that TAFE as we know it will cease to exist within the next term of government.”
The state election on 31 January will be the last chance to have a voice on the issue of the future of TAFE, and QTU members are not prepared to be silent at this critical time.
“QTU TAFE members do not take strike action lightly. The last industrial action in TAFE was almost 20 years ago,” Mr Bates said.
“QTU TAFE members have seen their colleagues lose their jobs, campuses closed, courses cancelled and student enrolments plummet, and they fear worse to come under a re-elected LNP government.”
QTU TAFE members and supporters will attend rallies tomorrow morning to highlight this action.
|Cairns||Outside Cairns MP Gavin King's office, 46 – 50 Spence Street, Cairns||9.00am|
|Gold Coast||Roma Park (cnr Via Roma & Verona Ave), Isle of Capri, Surfers Paradise||9.00am|
|Logan||Riverside Park, Loganlea Road, Waterford West||9.00am|
|Sunshine Coast||Jessica Park, Kawana||9.00am|
|Toowoomba||Queens Park (cnr Margaret and Hume Street), Toowoomba||9.00am|
|Ipswich||Footpath, 125 Brisbane Road, Booval||9.00am|
|Townsville||Cnr Hugh Street and Fulham Road, Townsville||9.00am|
Contact: Kevin Bates, QTU President - 0418789162
David Terauds, QTU TAFE Organiser - 0409348339