Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

TAFE Trade-Off Tensions; Wollongbar Teachers Stage Stop-Work over Dispute with Govt

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

TAFE Trade-Off Tensions; Wollongbar Teachers Stage Stop-Work over Dispute with Govt

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Byline: SAMANTHA ELLEY news@northernstar.com.au

TAFE students Rachel Darnell and Anais Malot fear the quality of their education will suffer under 'trade-off' salary negotiations with teachers.

The students, who are studying Costume Design at Wollongbar TAFE, are concerned their contact hours with teachers at the college could be cut, reducing the quality of their training.

"I think it's really unfair that as full-time students we only have 15 hours of class time," Ms Darnell said. "The rest we have to do at home. Costume design is very hands-on and not every- one has a sewing machine at home."

"It's an assault on TAFE teachers," Mark Jewell, Far North Coast Teachers' Association regional secretary said. "They want to drive down costs and privatise TAFE colleges."

The association is currently engaged in an industrial dispute with the State Government over allowable teaching hours.

"At the beginning of the year we had negotiated a salary increase of 1. …

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