The National Tertiary Education Union has called for an urgent injection of TAFE funding in the wake of further job losses in Victoria announced at Alcoa this morning.
President of the NTEU Victorian Division and the Victorian Trades Council, Colin Long, said that now more than ever, Victorian workers could not afford cuts to TAFE funding, and that urgent investment was needed.
“TAFEs play an integral role in training workers in skilled industries thus ensuring the competitiveness of the Australian economy into the 21st century,” he said.
“In the wake of thousands of job losses announced, Victorian workers need support in re-skliing and re-training.
“The role TAFEs play in assisting displaced workers and their families adjust cannot be overstated.
“Yet the Victorian Government has ripped millions away from local TAFEs, abandoning support for people seeking to re-train in different industries. It’s a slap in the face for workers who have just lost their jobs and are thinking about their next move.
“The Napthine Government has an obligation provide whatever assistance is necessary to ensure that these workers and their families have every opportunity to find alternative employment or other meaningful ways of contributing to their communities.
“Tony Abbott and Denis Napthine must invest in Australia’s future strengths by increasing funding to Victorian TAFEs,” he concluded.