It seems I’m more political than I thought! I’m also very angry!
I’ve rarely shared information about my work on my blog but this week I have well and truly broken that self imposed ban. And for a very good reason.
This week we were informed that our jobs, as educators within correctional centres across the state, would be gone by the end of the year. We would be replaced by clerks, who won’t need any educational qualifications, and education services would be outsourced to external providers. I have worked in this centre for 22 years and I am very distressed, as are many others. The Minister has since stated that inmates don’t need a qualified teacher to educate them. Well thanks very much!!
Here is a link to a recent post that has the newspaper article about the government’s decision. Smile
Interview with BuzzFeed:
How did it come about that I did an interview with BuzzFeed? Well Gina from Buzzfeed requested an interview after seeing the press release from the Teachers Federation and I was suggested as a suitable candidate due to my experience. I was very nervous about doing it but now I’m glad I did. I’m the NSW Teachers Federation union representative at my centre so am allowed to speak about these issues. This is the link to the interview – please read the link for the full story and yes I did give my permission to use the photo of me dressed as WonderWoman!
More bad news:
As if this wasn’t enough bad news, more was to come. This news also came in the same week as our Shire lost its fight over a merger proposal with a neighbouring council. You may remember that I wrote a few posts about the ongoing battle to retain our standalone status as a Shire Council – unfortunately we were forcibly merged last week and the whole town is devastated. We have all pulled together and worked so hard to stop this from happening and it all came to nothing.
Here are my previous stories on this issue:
I am absolutely devastated and gutted by both these decisions. I’m trying to look for the silver lining but so far it hasn’t appeared. There is also the saying that as one door closes another one opens. Pffft! (Please don’t say this to me at the moment as I might bite your head off – it’s not what I want to hear right now).
So for someone who considers herself non-political I think I’m doing a pretty good job!
OK that’s it for the moment – rant over! Thanks for listening.
Over and out.