NTEU News | 19 August 2013
The National Tertiary Education Union, together with the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) is holding a National Day of Action on Tuesday 20 August to “champion the cause of publicly-funded and properly-funded higher education in the lead-up to the Federal election”.
NTEU members at 10 universities are also taking industrial action as enterprise bargaining negotiations break down over key issues, including workloads and job security.
Jeannie Rea, National President of the NTEU that higher education in Australia “stands at a tipping point”:
Over the past three years, the Labor Government has slashed over $4 billion from higher education with the complicity of the Coalition. This cannot go on. Properly funded universities and properly supported students are essential for a smart future for Australia.
Rea said that the Labor Government’s so-called $2.3 billion ‘efficiency dividend’ in April is already leading to staff job losses, course cuts, more crowded classes, and less help for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Funding for higher education has now become an election issue, and we need our politicians to fight harder and find the funds for a desperately needed increase. Without an injection of more funds, the quality of our education will suffer and we are concerned the solution to make up the shortfall will be more student debt, particularly if the Coalition wins government.
Rallies are being organised in key centres with more events on campuses : National Day of Action events.