Twelve teachers sacked, union outraged over blindsiding

Together Union regional organiser Scott Parrington.
Together Union regional organiser Scott Parrington. Bev Lacey

TAFE Queensland has axed 12 permanent teaching jobs from Toowoomba, Warwick and Ipswich campuses as part of a teaching restructure.

The Toowoomba TAFE campus was the heaviest hit by the cuts with seven permanent staff yesterday informed their employment would be terminated.

The moves to further reduce teaching staff numbers across the Western Corridor campuses have left union officials outraged.

Together Union regional organiser Scott Parrington said as well as the immediate impact on teachers, the job cuts would have wider implications on education standards in the region.

"It is devastating that another 12 teachers are now out of a job," Mr Parrington said.

"The pressure on TAFE institutes to turn a profit is affecting the opportunities kids throughout the region will have to learn as there will be no teachers left."

Emails from Bremer Institute of TAFE to Mr Parrington outlining the nature of the job cuts have also caught the ire of the union official.

"I was informed on Friday the job cuts would be temporary positions. However yesterday, on the day of the cuts, I was told it would in fact be permanent staff," he said.

"Staff have been left blindsided and many will have to leave town to find further employment.

"It is an unfair on both teachers and students."

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