TAFE teachers protest outside Training Minister Gayle Tierney’s Geelong office

TAFE teachers and supporters rallied outside Gayle Tierney MPs office protesting concerns the State Government was slashing working conditions. Dozens…

TAFE teachers and supporters rallied outside Gayle Tierney MPs office protesting concerns the State Government was slashing working conditions.

Dozens of protesters flocked to the Victorian Training and Skills Minister’s Geelong office on Tuesday afternoon in support of an Australian Education Union targeted advertising campaign against the State Government.

The campaign comes after TAFE teachers withdrew from enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations in September, claiming a move to increase classroom teaching times would put more stress on already overworked staff.

“TAFE teachers are the bedrock of our education and training system,” AEU Victoria president Meredith Peace said this week. “They are passionate about making sure their students get the best possible training and employment outcomes.”

“TAFE teachers are already stretched, working on average 6.8 hours of overtime per week with unsustainable levels of administration and compliance work,” she said.

“TAFE teachers are already working excessive overtime and this means teachers have even less time to prepare lessons and provide students with the highest quality education and training. When teachers miss out, students miss out too.”

A government spokesman for Ms Tierney said they hoped EBA negotiations would continue in good faith.

“We value the hard work of every single TAFE teacher and we want to see these important negotiations continue in good faith,” the spokesman said.

“There are tens-of-thousands of Victorians who can now access the skills they need for the jobs they want because we have delivered on our promise to reopen TAFE campuses and rebuild the training system.”

–Harrison Tippet

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