SCU staf fprotest at plans by Canberra



PAUL GANNON believes an attack by the Federal Government on the working conditions at Southern Cross University will have a devastating impact on the region.

He told a protest rally at SCU yesterday that proposed Federal changes will seriously affect the quality of staff attracted to work there and at other Australian universities, with serious flow-on implications.

Mr Gannon is acting SCU branch president of the National Tertiary Education Union.

He addressed about 200 staff and students who took part in the rally which marked a national day of protest over Federal Government plans to cut funding unless universities and TAFEs implement harsh new policies in the workplace.

The unpopular Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements include stripping enterprise agreements on conditions and offering secret individual contracts to all staff, Mr Gannon said.

The rally was organised by the NTEU, Community and Public Sector Union and the Student Representative Council.

"The introduction of Australian Workplace Agreements into the sector will result in a reduction of conditions for many staff," Mr Gannon said.



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