TAFE upgrade open on eve of strike

TAFE teachers across NSW will go on strike today over an ongoing pay dispute with the State Government as staff and students at the Casino TAFE celebrate a $2.7 million upgrade.

Clarence Labor Duty MLC Greg Donnelly arrived at Casino on the eve of today’s stop-work meeting to open upgrades to the college, including a new ‘model office classroom’ that 28-year-old Rappville mother of two, Elissa Hornberg, hopes will land her a business administration job in the town.

The classroom is designed to simulate a real office environment.

“It’s excellent, it’s just like a real workplace,” Ms Hornberg said.

The Casino TAFE upgrade also included the construction of four new classrooms for use by business and administration students, along with metal and shopfitting trade students.

The revamp also included improved disabled access and undercover outdoor seating areas.

However, while the new facilities might be earning gongs, TAFE staff are less happy and are expected to walk out for up to three hours today in protest over a recent salaries decision. They say the decision will mean greatly increased workloads in return for a modest increase in pay.

The teachers are calling on the Premier and the Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, to negotiate a settlement.

At Casino yesterday, Mr Donnelly said the expansion of the TAFE college was timely, especially given the region was expected to have an extra 300,000 new residents by 2031.



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