Teachers & ES Alliance

Rally against cuts at Victoria University








Photo: Teachers & ES Alliance member Margarita Windisch, speaking at rally against cuts at Victoria University.

STAR NEWS, 31st July 2012.

VICTORIA University has stepped up its fight to reclaim TAFE funding across its campuses in the West. Staff, students and representatives from the Australian Education Union and National Tertiary Education Union came out in force last week rallying at VU’s Footscray Nicholson campus, calling for the State Government to repeal its decision to cut more than $200 million in TAFE funding Victoria. The budget cuts will remove differential funding for all 18 of Victoria’s TAFE institutes by January 2013.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins said their projections showed reductions to TAFE funding would mean a $29 million cut to Victoria University’s annual vocational education funding and would bring about a fundamental change to the way vocational education was being delivered.

The aftershocks are already being felt, with 50 redundancies for ongoing positions announced so far at Victoria University alone.

Read more at: http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/star/footscray-yarraville/359/story/153275.html

“Victorian TAFE cuts: an attack on working people”









The following article “”Victorian TAFE cuts: an attack on working people” was written by David McLean, TAFE Manager at RMIT, and published on The Conversation website 6 June 2012.

The phrase “class warfare” has been thrown around a lot in the media and within political circles recently – usually without much basis. But in Victoria it is very real; the current Liberal Government has declared open class warfare on the state’s workers through the drastic downsizing of publicly funded TAFE institutes.

TAFE in Victoria has a historical and visceral link to the education of working people. But it is under attack because the state government has gone for what they think is a soft target. After all, those who rely most on publicly funded vocational education are those who have minimal access to government or mainstream media to protest the changes. TAFE groups are vigorously campaigning against the changes, but you can imagine if higher education was treated in the same way, there would be nationwide outrage. Meanwhile, the human impact of these changes will last well beyond the next electoral cycle.

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