Assistants’ hours cut: union

MITCHELL WOODCOCKBunbury Herald
Assistants’ hours cut: union
Camera IconAssistants’ hours cut: union Credit: Bunbury Herald

Education assistants on fixed term contracts are having their hours cut and fear for their jobs despite being into the fifth week of the school term, according to United Voice spokesman Lee Edmundson.

Last year the State Government cut an estimated $183 million from this year’s education budget and Mr Edmundson said it was teacher assistants who were feeling the pinch.

“Teacher assistants on fixed term contracts have had their hours cut and some are not even coming back at all, ” he said.

“Some of the assistants still don’t know what their hours are and don’t think they have job security.

“Their duties other than teaching time has also been taken away at a number of schools which doesn’t allow them to prepare properly for class.”

But Education Minister Peter Collier said the State’s schools were adequately resourced.

“It is likely that almost all education assistants in the South West on fixed-term contracts will have their contracts renewed or be able to find another position locally as the public school system loses about 500 of them a year through natural attrition, when people retire or decide to change careers, ” he said.

“In addition, all students with a genuine assessed need for an education assistant will continue to have access to the same support.

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