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Skilled jobs at risk warn TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers
Unions representing TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers have jointly called for urgent action to ensure that the loss of quality skills training and skilled jobs is reversed.  They have called on the WA Parliament to support the passage of the Skilled Jobs (Benefits from the Boom) Bill 2012, speeches for which commenced in the WA Parliament today.
Anne Gisborne, President, State School Teachers’ Union of WA said:
“The need to act on up-skilling the workforce in WA while supporting the expansion of quality TAFE training is now urgent.
“The WA Government is getting around $4billion a year in mining royalties, more than twice what it was getting when it came to office. But that opportunity is being squandered.
“In the past week we’ve seen rorts in the privatised health sector and school building sub-contractors ripped-off.
“When are we going to learn that public provision of many core services, and skills training among these, is better off in public hands?
“Frankly, when you put a profit motive on many services the outcome is a loss of quality and rip-offs.
“That is what is happening in TAFE in Victoria, and the Government in WA is considering similar measures here but won’t come clean.  The fear is that this is because of the looming State election.
“We need Government action on both sides of the equation – delivery of skilled jobs and quality skills training in WA.
Steve McCartney, Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said:
“We want Parliament to pass this Bill so we can ensure that major resource projects are held to account for their use of local fabricators and taking on apprentices and trainees.
“It’s about being transparent about how those profiting from publicly owned resources ensure a lasting benefit to WA’s economy and community.
“Too often resource companies source from overseas what can be manufactured here. They turn first to overseas labour when they should be training more locals.
“According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research we now have in WA 2,300 fewer apprentices in training in engineering, automotive and construction trades than we did four years ago.
“With all the construction work as well as the machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained you’d expect more training in those critical areas. But in fact we are going backwards.”
Steve McCartney, Secretary of the Australian Metal Workers Union and Anne Gisborne, President, State School Teachers’ Union of WA, are available for comment.

Unions representing TAFE lecturers and manufacturing workers have jointly called for urgent action to ensure that the loss of quality skills training and skilled jobs is reversed.  They have called on the WA Parliament to support the passage of the Skilled Jobs (Benefits from the Boom) Bill 2012, speeches for which commenced in the WA Parliament today.


Anne Gisborne, President, State School Teachers’ Union of WA said:

“The need to act on up-skilling the workforce in WA while supporting the expansion of quality TAFE training is now urgent.  “The WA Government is getting around $4billion a year in mining royalties, more than twice what it was getting when it came to office. But that opportunity is being squandered." 

“In the past week we’ve seen rorts in the privatised health sector and school building sub-contractors ripped-off."  

“When are we going to learn that public provision of many core services, and skills training among these, is better off in public hands?" 

“Frankly, when you put a profit motive on many services the outcome is a loss of quality and rip-offs." 

“That is what is happening in TAFE in Victoria, and the Government in WA is considering similar measures here but won’t come clean.  The fear is that this is because of the looming State election." 

“We need Government action on both sides of the equation – delivery of skilled jobs and quality skills training in WA."


Steve McCartney, Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said:

“We want Parliament to pass this Bill so we can ensure that major resource projects are held to account for their use of local fabricators and taking on apprentices and trainees.  “It’s about being transparent about how those profiting from publicly owned resources ensure a lasting benefit to WA’s economy and community."

“Too often resource companies source from overseas what can be manufactured here. They turn first to overseas labour when they should be training more locals.“

According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research we now have in WA 2,300 fewer apprentices in training in engineering, automotive and construction trades than we did four years ago."

“With all the construction work as well as the machinery and vehicles that need to be maintained you’d expect more training in those critical areas. But in fact we are going backwards.”

 
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