More than 15,000 people including teachers, education assistants and parents rallied at Gloucester Park to protest against the Barnett Government’s savage education cuts.
Members of United Voice, the State School Teachers Union and the CPSU/CSA stood shoulder to shoulder in the rain to give a voice to the numerous children who will be affected by the cuts to education.
Graham, who works with special needs children, said he attended the rally because he disagreed with everything that Colin Barnett had done.
“I believe that all children need a good education and everybody deserves to have a secure job,” he said.
“These kids, that will be affected, deserve every chance in life they can get.
“He (Barnett) is just being a dictator.”
Sometimes a picture can tell 1,000 stories.
This one tells 15,000.
Today 15,000 Education Assistants, Cleaners, Gardeners, Teachers, and School Support Staff were joined by parents, children and other members of the community at Gloucester Park in East Perth.
We gathered there to tell Colin Barnett and Peter Collier to stop the cuts.
To stop putting children’s education at risk.
United Voice members will take industrial action at 9.30am tomorrow morning at Gloucester Park against the State Government’s unfair cuts to education.
United Voice members will be joined by State School Teachers Union and CPSU/CSA members in a turnout that is expected to number up to 10,000.
The stop work action was agreed upon after Premier Barnett arrogantly refused to back down on his decision to cut 500 Education Assistant jobs, freeze teacher numbers and cut 30 per cent of funding from special needs programs.
Members are angry after Premier Barnett said in Parliament last night that the stop work action was simply over wages and working conditions.