A National Day of Action is taking place today at university campuses and in capital cities around Australia to protest the federal government’s $2.3 billion cuts to university funding announced in April of this year. The day has been called by the National Union of Students (NUS), the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), and calls for a reversal of the cuts and prioritisation of higher education.
UNE Management has issued an email stating that it “will not penalise students who wish to participate in Day of Action events”, although the day of action won’t be a valid excuse for handing in assignments late.
The UNE branch of the NTEU says it also hopes the day will raise awareness of the ongoing standoff between university management and the union with regards to workplace agreements. Negotiations began some 15 months ago and saw a strike and picket on May 1st.
This comes in the middle of another round of industrial action by the NTEU at UNE, with two-hour rolling stoppages throughout departments last week and a further series of short stoppages next week.