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Survey shows majority of TAFE teachers could quit

21 June 2024

TAFE teachers have begun taking industrial action, with bans on entering student results, answering internal emails and attending meetings.

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AEU: Education ministers must deliver full funding of public schools

30 April 2024

Education Ministers meeting in Perth today must make real progress on public school funding with new research revealing the urgent need for the additional investment to lift results and combat debilitating teacher shortages and declining student and teacher wellbeing.

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Teachers directed to stop work if agreement isn’t reached

22 March 2024

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA has advised its members to stop work for half a day on 23 April if a new enterprise agreement isn’t reached before then.

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AEU: $30 billion capital divide in Australian schools revealed in new report

23 February 2024

Five private schools spent more on lavish new facilities in 2021 than governments spent on over half the public schools in the nation, according to a new report which reveals the full extent of the $30 billion capital divide in Australian schools.

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Union welcomes funding announcement

31 January 2024

The State School Teachers’ Union of WA has described today’s funding announcement for public schools as a very positive first step. SSTUWA president Matt Jarman said the agreement to deliver 100% of the Schooling Resource Standard for all public schools in Western Australia will be life-changing for both educators and students.

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News archive 2023

The cost of public-private partnerships in education

22 January 2023

In this story, I share my personal trajectory as a teacher experiencing public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Brazil countryside and urge stakeholders to reflect on the problems involving such partnerships to education. In addition, I reflect on how such PPPs are a result of the lack of financing in education and on how important it is for stakeholders to advocate for enlarged budgets in the sector in the context of the Transforming Education Summit.

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Truth telling in the Australian education system

22 January 2023

In a recent radio interview with 4BC, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said students should learn about the atrocities suffered by Indigenous people in Australia. Historical events such as massacres should be part of the Australian history curriculum. Mr Albanese added it was something that should be done without feelings of shame from non-Indigenous teachers.

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Desperate measures not the answer to teacher shortages

22 January 2023

The state government’s desperate plans to fix the state’s teacher shortage will not address the underlying issues in the public education system, according to the SSTUWA. The union said the government’s plan to send under qualified teachers into short- staffed schools (announced late last year) was a short-sighted move which had the potential to cause more harm than good.

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News archive 2022

AEU: Statement on public education funding

16 December 2022

Every child has the right to a high quality education, delivered by qualified and professional teachers in their local neighbourhood. It is Australia’s public education system and its dedicated workforce that upholds this right.

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SSTUWA welcomes announcement of new education portfolios

14 December 2022

The State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement of a new Education Minister in today’s cabinet reshuffle, with the division into separate ministerial portfolios of early childhood education and training suggesting the state government is giving education a higher priority.

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Desperate measures not the answer to teacher shortages

12 December 2022

he State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia has rejected the state government’s desperate plans to fix the state’s teacher shortage, saying they will not address the underlying issues in the public education system.

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ACTU calls for release of Cambodian unionist Sithar Chhim

1 December 2022

President of the Cambodian hospitality union (LRSU) representing workers at the Naga World Casino Hotel was arrested in Phnom Penh airport and jailed on 26 November while returning from International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress in Melbourne.

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President's address to November State Council Conference

11 November 2022

We are at the end of yet another year which brought far more turmoil than we could have ever expected. We thought that we’d seen the worst of COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021 and that we were pretty well prepared - vaccinations mostly done – for the beginning of the year.

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News archive 2021

Western Teacher - March 2021

26 March 2021

‚ÄčIn this edition of Western Teacher read about building on the key wins secured for SSTUWA members following the March State Election; the banning of NAPLAN performance results publishing; proposed laws that could mandate classroom lesson content and more.

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YouGov poll: 83% say school funding should be a priority

23 March 2021

‘Every school. Every child.’ public school funding campaign launches today

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Government funding increases are grossly unfair - they favour the most advantaged over the most disadvantaged

15 March 2021

Government funding for private schools increased by six times that for public schools since 2009-10 according to new research by Save Our Schools. SOS National Convenor, Trevor Cobbold, said the heavy bias against public schools is grossly unfair.

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