04 May 2012
TAFE needs your help
Rally to fight the TAFE cuts
Thursday May 10
1 Treasury Place, Melbourne
TAFE needs your help.
This week the Baillieu Government announced the most savage cuts yet to our public TAFE system.
The changes to funding set out in Tuesday's state budget will rip hundreds of millions of dollars out of the system, lead to course closures, higher student fees and thousands of job losses.
They'll also make it even harder for TAFEs to compete with private providers — despite the well-documented problems with quality in parts of the private sector. The future of some institutes is uncertain. The sector itself is now in a fight for survival.
The Baillieu Government has gone too far. It has no mandate for dismantling TAFE in this way.
We must fight back — and we will, starting with a rally outside Premier Ted Baillieu's office in Treasury Place next Thursday, May 10.
Tell everyone you know to join us there.
Already, institutes are saying that they will have to shed hundreds of teachers. But this fight is about more than that.
Every year TAFE gives hundreds of thousands of Victorians a ladder into employment, opening its doors to all-comers to give high-quality low-cost training and education.
It has been a mainstay of the Victorian economy, providing a steady flow of well-trained workers with the skills that our state needs — not the skills that private providers find it cheap and profitable to provide.
With the state entering tough times TAFE is more important than ever. As The Age newspaper says, these cuts are a false economy.
These life chances must not be denied to future students. We must make our voices heard loud and clear that we will not put up with this attack.
Join us on Thursday at 12.30 outside Premier Baillieu's office and tell him to stop the cuts.
— Mary Bluett is the president of the AEU Victorian Branch
Please send us your stories! If you have been affected by changes to TAFE funding, we need to hear about it.
Those personal stories are what we need to build our campaign against the government funding cuts which are making teachers' workloads impossible and a TAFE education increasingly unaffordable.
Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or use this form.