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.
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.Read more