Kay Hallahan

Kay Hallahan

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    Opposition challenged to support teachers' award

    19/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    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 Opposition won the State election.
     
    Victorian teachers were also being forced on to temporary contracts - with wage levels frozen for the life of the contract - from March this year.
     
    Mrs Hallahan's call follows a decision by the Industrial Relations Commission last week to enshrine teachers' salaries and allowances in a single industrial award.
     
    "Assurances from the Opposition about teacher conditions are worthless.  Mr Kennett gave similar assurances before his election," she said.
     
    "Mr Court should instead declare his support for the award and prove his claim that he is different to Mr Kennett."
     
    Mrs Hallahan said the Lawrence Government was committed to improving teacher conditions to attract and retain top quality staff.
     
    "A quality teaching workforce means young Western Australians get the best possible education," she said.