Rally Against Education Cuts

United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith addresses crowd outside Parliament House (September 03)

More than 1100 United Voice members braved the rain at Parliament House on Tuesday to make a stand against the Barnett Government’s massive cuts to education.

Education Minister Peter Collier has announced 500 Education Assistants are set to lose their jobs and 30 per cent of special program funding would be slashed.

Members ignored the rain and the cold to stand shoulder to shoulder and protest the unfair cuts.

United Voice delegate Kerry Banting was one of the Education Assistants who spoke to the rally.

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Employers To Pollies: Children Deserve Better

Big StepsOpen letter to Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition

Early childhood employers and peak bodies have joined forces to write to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott asking for their leadership and commitment on a matter of national importance, quality early childhood edfucation and care.

They have warned the political leaders that prices will rise and the quality of services suffer unless more government funding is made available to boost the wages of child-care workers.

The signatories represent the vast majority of employers in Australia's ECEC sector, including peak bodies Early Childhood Australia, Australian Community Children’s Services (ACCS), Community Child Care Association (VIC) and Community Child Care Co-operative Ltd (NSW) and Australia's largest provider of ECEC Goodstart Early Learning.

This is their letter:

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Members Horrified by Colliers Cuts to Education

EA_Photo.JPGUnited Voice members are horrified at Education Minister Peter Collier’s decision to cut 500 Education Assistant jobs.

Education Assistant Kevin Davey, who has worked in the sector for 15 years, said he was upset by the decision and was worried about the impact the decision would have on special needs children.

“It’s scary on both a personal and professional level,” he said.

“On a personal level I have no idea what’s happening with my job and no way of knowing if my head is next on the chopping block.

“On a professional level I’m worried about what will happen to the children in these classes.”

Kevin said that special needs children such as those with autism and behaviour issues would be the ones that lose out the most.

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