Queensland student union refuses solidarity with staff

February 9, 2000

By Justin Randell

BRISBANE — The University of Queensland student union executive has told the National Tertiary Education Industry Union that it does not intend to publicise the NTEU's industrial campaign during student orientation week on February 9, according to a report posted on the Cross-Campus Education Network's e-mail list on January 31.

The student union has said that only registered clubs and societies are able to be part of the student union stall area. The rest of the orientation week activities are controlled by the university administration, which the NTEU is currently fighting with over an enterprise bargaining agreement.

The student union's executive is controlled by the National Organisation of Labor Students, representing the "left wing" of the Labor Party's student members.

The NTEU's industrial action committee (IAC) has appealed to student activists at the university and on other campuses to support their campaign.

Brisbane Resistance organiser Angela Luvera said, "Building solidarity with academic and general staff is vital to a successful campaign to reverse the funding cuts to higher education. We shouldn't let the federal government divide students and workers in this struggle."

Anyone interested in helping the campaign should contact NTEU IAC member Tom Bramble at <t.bramble@gsm.uq.edu.au> or the NUS Queensland education officer, Tim Collins, at <nusqeducation@hotmail.com>.

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