Teachers at TAFE campuses in Sydney and throughout regional NSW claim they have been forced to bring their own toilet paper to work.
They also say that they now have to barter for stationery after purchase orders have been delayed or not approved.
One teacher wrote in an email:
“[Dubbo TAFE’s] Fitzroy Street Campus has completely run out of toilet paper and we are being forced to bring our own.”
“Fitzroy Street Campus has completely run out of toilet paper and we are being forced to bring our own,”
Teachers at the Blacktown TAFE campus say they have been forced to drive to Baulkham Hills TAFE “to raid for toilet paper” in complaints made to Labor’s spokeswoman for skills Prue Car.
A spokesman for TAFE NSW denied the claims.
“To be very clear, there is no freeze on the purchase of essential items, such as stationery, software and toilet paper,”
“Any suggestion that campuses and teachers were directed not to purchase these items is absurd and untrue.”
One teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, claimed:
“Some sections didn’t have copy paper and that was when the bartering started to happen,”
“I needed some batteries the other day and I talked to an admin person who knew where there were some so we had to go over and steal some.”
“But staff at another TAFE don’t have toilet paper and people are being told to bring their own. It’s amazing, it’s like we’re in a Third World country.”