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February 29, 2024

TAFE job cuts not so bad, says Nationals MLC 

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Lismore Labor MP Janelle Saffin says 29 jobs to be cut locally from TAFE. . Photo supplied.

Further to Lismore Labor MP Janelle Saffin’s comments regarding TAFE job cuts, locally-based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has told The Echo, ‘I want to assure the Lismore community that the information disseminated by Labor is incorrect: 700 jobs are not being removed from TAFE NSW across the state’.

Ms Saffin said last week that 29 local jobs were going under restructures, and that ‘Community Public Sector Union of NSW [claims] that the Berijiklian-Barilaro government is slashing almost 700 frontline TAFE NSW jobs, including 470 regional jobs’.

Nationals MLC Ben Franklin

Mr Franklin responded: ‘The Premier, Deputy Premier and Treasurer made this very clear in NSW Parliament last week’.

‘TAFE NSW is in the middle of the One TAFE reforms, to bring together ten separate institutes and its digital delivery arm to reduce duplication and management levels. Consultation is occurring right now.

‘The changes to Student Services and Facilities Management and Logistics teams are expected to result in a net reduction of fewer than 50 jobs across the state’

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  1. Okay… let’s kick the hell out of TAFE now. Let us just become ‘ the govern-less country’ & be
    done with it.


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