TAFE and Dual Sector 24-hour stop work this Thursday
NTEU Victorian Division Executive has voted to call on all members in TAFE and Dual Sector institutions (Victoria University, University of Ballarat, RMIT University and Swinburne University) to stop work for 24 hours this Thursday as a political protest against the Baillieu Government's cuts to the public TAFE system. The AEU has also called on its members to stop work.
Plans leaked to the media late last week reveal the greatest threat to the TAFE system Victoria has ever seen.
We have called on all staff in dual sector institutions to join the stop work because all staff in these institutions are affected by the TAFE cuts – just look at the campus closures and redundancies, which have not been restricted to TAFE.
We urge you to fight for the future of TAFE by stopping work and attending the Emergency Rally to Save TAFE at Treasury Gardens at 12pm Thursday 20 September – this Thursday.
What we now know
Hundreds of courses will be cut and many campuses closed – including some which will be sold off. Thousands of staff will be sacked and that doesn't include contract or sessional staff.
Many institutes warn of more redundancies next year because of the impact of fee increases (up to 600% for some courses).
Terms and conditions of staff are under serious threat.
Transport to the Rally
Regional members should email the following AEU regional offices to book a seat on a train or bus to the rally. Make sure you include your mobile phone number as well.
Geelong: Gordon, South West
Ballarat: Uni Ballarat
Bendigo: BRIT, Sunraysia
Gippsland: Advance, Central
Benalla: GOTAFE, Wodonga
As workers in public sector institutions we have a duty to defend those institutions from a government that has no right or mandate to destroy them.
We thank you in advance for your commitment.
See you on Thursday.
Colin Long, NTEU Victorian Division secretary
Janet Bourke, NTEU TAFE organiser