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.
Education Assistant Kevin Davey said Barnett has it all wrong and that the stop work action is about how kids will be affected by the cuts.
“This is about the school kids and how their futures will be affected because of the cuts to education assistants and special learning programs,” he said.
“It makes me angry that Barnett thinks we are doing this for ourselves.”
Kevin said he was encouraging parents to come to the rally and to bring their kids with them.
“Maybe after this Barnett will pay attention and realise that it’s not actually Elizabeth Quay and brand new stadiums that are important,” he said.
“It’s the future of these kids that’s now at stake.”
United Voice Branch Secretary Carolyn Smith said that Premier Barnett has completely missed the point about the stop work action and is simply being arrogant if he believes it is about pay and conditions.
“The Premier has come out in Parliament and said that we are attending this rally for purely selfish reasons,” she said.
“We are doing this for our kids’ education and futures. People don’t want cuts to happen in education; we want quality, well-funded schools.”
Ms Smith said that the issue was important to everyone in the community and urged all school staff and parents to attend.