SIGN OF THE TIMES: Protesters attempt to stop traffic at the front gate of the Southern Cross University yesterday.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Protesters attempt to stop traffic at the front gate of the Southern Cross University yesterday. Jay Cronan

Strike action at SCU

A STATE-WIDE strike by the National Tertiary Education Union, representing university teachers and administration staff, rallied only about 25 supporters at Southern Cross University yesterday, a university spokesperson said.

However NTEU branch president at SCU, Jenny Austin, was pleased with how the strike went.

“The deputy mayor spoke to the rally and we probably had about 100 people,” she said.

Although picket lines were in place many cars crossed them to go to work. Staff claimed they could not afford to lose a day's pay while students were preparing or sitting for exams, despite supporting the issues highlighted by the strike.

One permanent teacher striking was marine biology senior lecturer Daniel Bucher who felt negotiations for a new workplace agreement were too slow.

“It all takes up too much time,” he said. “There's been progress on minor issues, but not the major ones.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Bill MacGillivray said he was disappointed by the strike as he felt the negotiations were going well. “We will reach a resolution in the not too distant future,” he said. “We have, in principle, agreements on a majority of clauses.”



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