Education Minister Kay Hallahan today challenged the Opposition to support a comprehensive industrial award for Western Australia's 17,000 strong Government teaching workforce.
Mrs Hallahan said teachers were justifiably concerned that the WA Liberals would follow their Victorian counterparts by sacking teachers, slashing working conditions and closing schools if the coalition won the next election.
Victorian teachers were also being forced on to temporary contracts from March next year.
"Assurances from the Opposition industrial relations spokesman are worthless. The Victorian Liberals gave similar assurances before their election," she said.
"Actions speak louder than words. The WA Opposition should support the award and move to distance itself from the Victorian Liberals.
"There is good reason to believe that the WA Liberals are no different to their Victorian colleagues - they are linked by their common commitment to the goods and services tax and the abolition of awards."
The Minister also called on Opposition Leader Richard Court to reveal who would be Education Minister in a Coalition Government.
"The future of Opposition education spokesman Mr Tubby is uncertain. Mr Court himself failed to rule out axing Mr Tubby when the matter was raised on radio recently," she said.
"The public has a right to know who would be responsible for education's billion dollar budget in the event of a coalition victory."