Don Jackson, of Lismore, shows his support for teachers across the state at an action day held in Heritage Park in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Don Jackson, of Lismore, shows his support for teachers across the state at an action day held in Heritage Park in Lismore. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Teachers angry at cuts

AS many as 50 teachers from Lismore schools and TAFE met at Heritage Park yesterday to show their anger at the NSW Government cuts announced for the education budget.

The activity was part of a series of events across NSW at the weekend, with the main one at Tumbalong Park in Sydney.

The meeting was officially postponed due to the storms expected for yesterday but many people still made it to Heritage Park.

Anthony Galluzzo, relieving regional organiser said that "today's action is about opposing the recently announced $1.7b cut to public education's budget".

"We have TAFE and school teachers, community members, parents standing together here in Lismore saying these cuts are not acceptable."

Tim Mulroy, vice-president of NSW Teacher's Federation, explained that cuts to schools in NSW affect infrastructure and support personnel.

"TAFE is the most pressing in terms of teachers' jobs", Mr Mulroy said.

Cheryl Amor, Women's Contact Officer for Wollongbar TAFE "we have to re-apply for our jobs and there are less positions to fill".

Northern Rivers representatives will assist to a State Council Meeting on Friday in Sydney, where further actions will be decided.



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