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Pyne’s new Commonwealth Scholarships scheme is inequitable and unworkable


National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) examination demonstrates that the proposed new Commonwealth Scholarship plan for advanced education understudies presented as a component of the 2014-15 Federal Budget is basically out of line. “The proposal burdens colleges with the most astounding extent of understudies from low SES foundations. This needs to be considered by those at present exploring the Scheme,” said ... Read More »

70% of Australians against higher university fees


Polling commissioned by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) shows that 70% of Australians oppose university fee increases for students and that higher education reforms are one of the most unpopular measures in the budget. The figures confirm that the community are angry about the broken election commitment not to alter university funding arrangements, as well as policies that would ... Read More »

Thousands to protest against unfair and cruel budget

Thousands of people will take to the streets tomorrow in Bust the Budget Rallies to demonstrate their opposition to the Abbott-Hockey Government’s first budget. Rallies will be held around the country. “This Budget is unfair and cruel, and targets the most disadvantaged members of our society,” Jeannie Rea National President of NTEU said today. “The Government needs to hear this ... Read More »

Pyne must release full details of higher education policy impacts

Education Minister Christopher Pyne

Pyne’s comments in today’s Australian clearly demonstrate a Minister who doesn’t know his own policy and who is making it up on the run. Christopher Pyne and the Coalition have cut higher education funding by 20 per cent. The NTEU has shown that fees will need to increase by at least 30 per cent, and Melbourne University have said 60 ... Read More »

NTEU Analysis: Student debt projected to exceed government net debt

NTEU analysis released shows that the Abbott Government is shifting debt and costs away from the government and onto students. Crucially, it shows that the level of debt students will owe the government will exceed the Australian government’s net debt sometime in the early 2020s as a result of their higher education changes. NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea said this ... Read More »

Students have a right to protest against unfair cuts to university funding

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is urging universities to not disadvantage students who participate in National Union of Students protests around the country. “The NTEU has encouraged its members not to penalise students that attend these peaceful protests, with at least one university encouraging its staff to do the same,” Jeannie Rea National President NTEU said. “In addition to ... Read More »

La Trobe University staff vote for industrial action

La Trobe University

NTEU members at La Trobe University voted to endorse industrial action across the university’s campuses. Staff will strike on Wednesday, 26th March following the breakdown of negotiations over a new Enterprise Agreement and the recent announcement of over 350 jobs being cut from the University. It will be the first time there is a 48 hour strike at the University ... Read More »

Staff at Curtin University angry over direction the University is taking

More than two hundred academic, professional and general staff have met at Curtin University to raise concerns about changes taking place at the university that are deemed by many staff to be threatening to the student learning experience at WA’s largest University. During the meeting, the Vice President of Curtin’s Corporate Services, Ian Callahan and Director of Human Resources, Bill ... Read More »

Rolling strikes to kick off at University of Western Sydney

University of Western Sydney

NTEU members at the University of Western Sydney will begin rolling strikes from 28th February after members voted to recommence protected action. The decision follows the breakdown of negotiations for a new enterprise Agreement at the university after it refused to address key issues such as pay, academic workload, and long service leave provisions. The UWS executive did not respond ... Read More »

UQ staff vote to strike


Members of the NTEU at the University of Queensland voted to step up their Enterprise Bargaining campaign with a set of actions culminating in a 24 hour strike in the second week of semester. The meeting voted unanimously for a campaign of rolling industrial action, including selective bans on email, attending university events, overtime and after-hours work, and a strike ... Read More »

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