Unions on WorkChoices recruiting drive
By JANE GARDNER
FIRST-YEAR psychology student Cordelia Seckold has never been a fan of the Coalition Government.
Yesterday, after watching speeches at a Your Rights at Work forum at Southern Cross University in Lismore, she signed on to the campaign to publicly criticise them.
"I'm putting my name down so I can get information on what's going to happen to me in the future," she said.
"My main concern is the extreme poverty students face.
It's so important to remain informed for our generation and future students."
Local members of the National Tertiary Education Union spoke at the university yesterday to raise awareness about what it says are the implications of the Howard Government's WorkChoices legislation.
Union president Dr Carolyn Allport said students were ripped off in the Budget and deserved more funding.
"What happened to the students? We still pay among the highest tuition fees in the world," she said.
Dr Allport told the modest gathering that young people were the most vulnerable to changes to industrial relations law.
"As a whole new generation enters the workforce, they will have none of the basic conditions or protections many of us in the university sector still have," she said.
The speeches at the university were part of a refreshed Northern Rivers campaign led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to enlist new members to protest against the Federal Government's industrial relations policies.