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SSTUWA wants pupil free days for WA schools brought forward

26 March 2020

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA said while it welcomed the State Government’s decision to introduce pupil free days in WA schools, they should be implemented earlier.

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President Pat Byrne: Why school students should stay at home

25 March 2020

President Pat Byrne on why school students should stay at home, published in The West Australian on 25 March 2020.

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AEU: Chaos and confusion must not continue for preschools, schools and TAFE

23 March 2020

Last night’s statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has caused major confusion for principals, teachers, education support staff and parents. Australian Education Union (AEU) Federal President Correna Haythorpe called on all governments to have consistency with the decisions that are being made for schools, preschools and TAFE.

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AEU to meet with Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan about COVID-19 concerns

20 March 2020

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan will meet with the leadership of the Australian Education Union (AEU) on Tuesday 24th March 2020. The meeting is agreed following the concerns expressed by the AEU in a letter to the Prime Minister on Thursday 19th March, 2020.

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COVID-19: Joint letter to PM from AEU

19 March 2020

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe and heads of the Australian Education Union branches nation-wide have signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison regarding COVID-19.

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COVID-19: From the Minister for Education and Training

18 March 2020

From the Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery: We are in extraordinary and challenging times and things are changing rapidly. As teachers and school staff, you play a significant role, with responsibility for more than 317,000 students across 818 public schools in WA.

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NAPLAN must go

25 February 2020

The national report into the debacle behind the 2019 NAPLAN online testing regime has shown that after a decade of NAPLAN it is time for it to go, and be replaced by an assessment mechanism that puts teaching and learning at its heart.

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UnionsWA International Women's Day Rally

18 February 2020

​To mark International Women's Day, UnionsWA is holding a rally on Friday 6 of March from 5:15pm.

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ACTU - Superannuation must increase to 15% and women need a better deal

4 February 2020

Women need more super to achieve a dignified and independent retirement. The Superannuation Guarantee for women must increase to 15% at an accelerated rate.

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ACTU - Actions to minimise the health effects of bushfire smoke haze

23 January 2020

Bushfire smoke contains a mixture of gases and very fine particles that can be hazardous to health. Those most at risk are firefighters and outdoor workers.

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Make sure that no development funds, and no Australian money, funds asbestos products

4 November 2019

Australians understand the toxic legacy of asbestos and we can take a leading role in standing up for sustainable and healthy development.

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Overseas students in state system

30 October 2019

While international fee paying students may well already be paying for places in WA public schools, this announcement simply exacerbates what is already an undermining of public education in WA.

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Proposed mobile phone ban

30 October 2019

The State School Teachers Union is seeking assurances schools will be properly resourced to enforce the State Government’s ban on students using mobile devices in schools.

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TAFE must be front and centre of Labor’s skills focus

30 October 2019

Labor’s continued commitment to address Australia’s skills crisis and strengthen the -vocational education and training sector is welcome news to a sector currently suffering from huge budget cuts and lack of investment from the Morrison Government.

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2019 General Agreement update

28 October 2019

The SSTUWA has had six meetings with Department of Education representatives to commence formal negotiations for a replacement General Agreement. The current Agreement expires on 5 December 2019.

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Take the time to say ‘thank you’ to a teacher today

25 October 2019

Today is World Teachers’ Day in Australia - an ideal opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the immense contribution that teachers make to students, families, schools and communities around Australia.

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PM’s $1.2bn private school slush fund leaves public schools in the cold

25 October 2019

The Morrison Government’s admission yesterday that Australia’s richest private schools can access additional funding from the $1.2 billion Choice and Affordability Fund while public schools cannot is yet further proof of their blatant disregard for public schools and preference for private schools.

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Morrison Government incompetence hurting TAFE, jobs, economy

24 October 2019

The Federal Coalition government’s failure to spend almost $1 billion budgeted for TAFE and training programs over the past five years, despite the skills shortage gripping the Australian economy, is more evidence of its plan to deliberately starve the TAFE sector into oblivion.

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SSTUWA welcomes cheaper TAFE fees but warns not enough

14 October 2019

The State School Teachers’ Union (SSTUWA) has welcomed the McGowan Government’s reduction in TAFE fees but has warned more needs to be done.

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Warning to guard against heat stress at work

9 October 2019

​WorkSafe has issued a warning to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments following a forecast of above-average temperatures this summer.

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