PUBLIC RALLY AGAINST TAFE FUNDING CUTS AT RMIT ON AUGUST 2
The campaign to stop massive budget reductions to Victoria’s 18 TAFE institutes moves to the central city tomorrow with a protest rally against the cuts at RMIT University’s city campus.
The protest, jointly organised by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) Victorian Division and the Australian Education Union (AEU), will take place at 12.00pm, Thursday 2 August at the corner of Bowen and La Trobe Streets.
“As most Victorians now know, the Baillieu Government plans to cut nearly $300 million from Victoria’s 18 TAFE institutes,” said Colin Long, NTEU Victorian President.
“More details emerge every day about the ramifications – major job losses, a reduction in courses and increased fees. RMIT’s TAFE is slated to lose $20 million of its public funding, with over 150 jobs to go.
“RMIT started life as a ‘workingman’s’ college. These cuts are an attack on its fundamental purpose. They’re bad news for students, bad news for staff and bad, bad news for the future of Victoria.”
Long said that so far the Melbourne rallies have had good turnouts with vocal support from students, staff and community members about the negative effects the cuts will have.
“We need to send a clear message to the Victorian Government that we will not accept these cuts lying down,” he said.
Tomorrow’s rally is the fourth in a series of protests against the TAFE cuts being organised across Melbourne, culminating in a mass rally on Thursday, August 16 at the State Library.
Speakers at tomorrow’s rally will include representatives from the NTEU and AEU.
Media comment: Colin Long, Division Secretary, NTEU Victoria, 0403 920 361
More info: Carmel Shute NTEU Media Officer: 0412 569 356
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