Posted on 10. May, 2012 in News

Angry TAFE workers worried about the future of the sector following the Baillieu Government’s savage funding cuts have rallied outside the Premier’s office to send a message to Ted Baillieu.

The Baillieu Government used its second budget to rip million of dollars of funding from the TAFE sector.

Over $290 million a year will be stripped from TAFE budgets and cost as many as 1500 jobs this year.

Shadow Minister for Higher Education and Skills Steve Herbert attended the rally to lend support to the TAFE sector, which is already forecasting plans to scrap courses, close campuses and making massive job cuts.   “Victoria’s education system is going backwards under Ted Baillieu and these latest cuts to training will gut TAFEs and hurt students and teachers,” Mr Herbert said.

“TAFE workers across the state are warning the Premier that his multi-million dollar cuts will force them to cut training to some of the most disadvantaged people in the Victorian community.

“The victims of these savage cuts will be the thousands of Victorians who desperately need training to get a job.

“I hope today’s rally is a wake up call for Mr Baillieu and he will finally realise his savage cuts are wrong.

“For many parts of country Victoria, TAFE campuses are an important local employer and are often the only higher education facility available for students to access close to home.

“The Premier should get out of his comfortable Spring Street office and travel to TAFE campuses across the state to see first hand what impact his cuts will have on students and teachers, as well as the local economy.”



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