• Tasmanian Catholic Education Staff deserve better!
    The Agreement containing wages and conditions for teachers and support staff in Tasmanian Catholic Education expired last September. Following detailed member consultation the Independent Education Union sought to commence negotiations with the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office for our next Agreement in November 2021. Since then? Very little has happened. After months of delay the TCEO agreed to meet ONCE per month, ONLINE, for a maximum of TWO HOURS. When we offered to fly Melbourne-based members of our bargaining team to meet for detailed in-person negotiations, the TCEO refused on the grounds of COVID-safety, while their own employees in schools across the state continued to turn up in person to their high-contact workplaces every day. Meanwhile, the TCEO has outright rejected almost every claim made by the IEU, while seeking to reduce existing protections around hours of work. This is not good enough. It’s time to get serious. FIND OUT MORE: www.ieuvictas.org.au/tasmanian-catholic-education-bargaining-campaign
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  • Monash Must Pay for Student Consultations
    Monash University is one of Australia’s largest universities, with a reported surplus of $416 million in 2021. The University’s Strategic Goals say Monash will deliver “education of the highest international quality.” But Monash University cannot deliver high-quality education if it continues to erode the working conditions of its teaching staff. No staff member should be forced to decide between delivering a quality education to their students, and working without pay. We, the undersigned, petition Monash University Council to recognise that staff working conditions are student learning conditions, that consultation with students is vital pedagogical work, and that tutors must be paid for scheduled student consultation separately and in addition to the “rolled up” tutorial rate. Our demands are: - That the University backpays casual academic staff for student consultations conducted separately to tutorials, and the 2-hour minimum engagement where applicable; - That the University immediately directs all Faculties, Schools and Departments to pay Teaching Associates for all scheduled student consultation, rather than treating this consultation as ‘associated’ tutorial work; - That the University does not unfairly transfer this workload onto permanent academic staff; and - That Vice Chancellor Margaret Gardner issues a formal written apology to all affected staff. SIGNED: Ben Eltham, NTEU Monash Branch President Bernard Keo, NTEU Monash Branch Committee Giles Fielke, NTEU Monash Branch Committee Scott Robinson Kai Tanter Sofie Onorato, NTEU Monash Organiser Ishka De Silva, Monash Student Association (MSA) President
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  • BN Multivitamins Chews need to change their flavour and smell!
    BN Multi need to hear it from their consumers that their multivitamin chews product needs a revamp that is more appealing to bariatrics. This will make taking vitamins for bariatrics, especially in early stages post-op, to have their vitamin intake without waiting till later stages of their journey where most will just wait till they can take capsules.
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  • Stop the ADA Degree Cuts at UNSW!
    The University of New South Wales Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture (UNSW ADA) is trying to rationalise 13 degrees into 5. This is unacceptable. Current and future students deserve certainty in deciding their future. Students studying aspirations shouldn't be left to the whims of management seeking to 'rationalise'. Management is continuing the practice of using temporary COVID driven statistics to destroy unique educational experiences that are held with high regard by the student body. Completely in contradiction of the $305 million profit posted for 2021. We call on the ADA Faculty to not axe these degrees or make further changes without extensive student consultation on how the degree can be improved and not why the degree should be cut. The UNSW SRC expresses serious concerns that this restructure and/or proposal to streamline the degrees to offer students a smoother academic experience at UNSW should not result in further staff cuts and a reduction in the availability of support. Relying on the understanding of improvement of experience must not severely debilitate the quality of academics and breadth of course offerings made to students.
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  • Save the Occult Club
    Since late 2020, the Occult Club has fought hard for its space on our campus, as a community for witches, pagans, satanists, and other members of minority religions. The club has been registered with the union since early 2021 and has contributed significantly to campus culture by hosting large, open and non-sectarian events, such as a Halloween party in partnership with the Pride Club, Sci-Fi Club and Totally Cooked and a spooky board games night in partnership with GAMES Club. On the 10th of March 2022, members of Oscar Ong’s political faction, Progress, on the Clubs Committee decided to table the Occult Club’s application for full registration after we spent last year provisionally registered with the union. The reason given for this decision was to await letters of complaint about the nature of the club, which haven’t even been written yet. This decision does not follow proper procedure, and no other club has been exposed to this level of review. This demonstrates that the Clubs Committee is willing to apply the rules and regulations of the AUU inconsistently to suit their own desires. This also leaves our club in a very precarious position, as we are unsure whether we are wasting our time while preparing for our events throughout the year, including our second set of Halloween events this October. We are, unfortunately, not the first club to be mistreated by Oscar Ong’s Progress, and this fits neatly into a much broader pattern of discrimination and censorship of views that disagree with the personal views of Progress. Some of the highlights in Progress’ portfolio of censorship and discrimination are: - Refusing to affiliate the Women’s Collective to the AUU - Prohibiting the SRC from criticising decisions of the AUU, and subsequently cutting all funding to the SRC - Gladly affiliating a pro-life club, LifeChoice, while refusing to affiliate a pro-choice club - Making a pattern out of dismissing elected members of the SRC and AUU from rival political groups - Prohibiting On Dit from publishing any criticism of the AUU It is disturbing to see how comfortable Progress is with eroding student democracy and silencing student voices on campus. We, the undersigned, demand that the Adelaide University Union approve the full registration of the Adelaide University Occult Club.
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  • Restart 24 hour service at UNSW libraries
    Students regularly take advantage of the libraries 24 hour access, in particular during assessment periods, such as the upcoming mid-terms. Library services should return to normal services. This makes sense considering the return to face-to-face teaching. Similarly, resting spots in the library should also be resumed considering their complimentary function in library spaces.
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  • Monash University: Reverse Cuts to Arts Honours!
    The Honours component of an arts degree is an essential portion of many students' educational experience and career progression. It serves as the foundation for post-graduate education and provides students with research skills needed to undertake high-level positions in their chosen field of study. The alternative degree suggested by Monash, the Master of Arts (Research Training) is unacceptable as an alternative for a number of reasons including: - It is a two-year course, as opposed to the one year traditionally required for honours. - Entrance to the degree requires completion of a number of specific and niche undergraduate units, meaning many students must make dramatic changes to their study plan in order to be eligible for the degree. - It requires completion of a thesis that is up to 10,000 words longer and significantly more complex (something the university openly admits and brags about on the website advertising the degree). - It provides significantly less academic supervision and support. - It is explicitly catered towards industry experts that lack an academic background, not recent undergraduates. Thus, the program is not fit to be a replacement for an honours degree.
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  • Divest Now, UniMelb!
    The University must act now. It is abhorrent that in preparing students for their future, they are complicit in the destruction of our future. We demand that: 1. That the University ceases any new investments in fossil fuels, 2. That the University commits to divesting its existing investments from fossil fuels within 5 years, and 3. The University instead invests in companies that have committed to mitigating their impact on climate change.
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  • ACTION NOT FRUIT - Reform Respect.Now.Always
    In 2021 only 4 people utilised the support services provided by UTS for survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Based on information gathered by the UTS Women’s Collective, the number of students who had undergone sexual violence in 2021 is much higher than this number. This means that students are, not aware of, distrustful of, or unable to access the support services provided by the university. Student survivors petitioned in 2021 for greater supports and for Respect.Now.Always to stop trivialising their experiences through insensitive fruit puns, however these concerns were not met with any response. The university is not fulfilling its duty of care to these students and it must listen to do better.
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  • Make Universities as safe as possible for staff and students
    The Palaszczuk Government has failed to provide direction to universities to ensure a safe and healthy university sector in Queensland. As a result, Vice-Chancellors have made different plans at different universities, creating confusion and inequity and placing staff and students at risk. We need Queensland Health and the Department of Education to sit down with the NTEU and university managements to come up with a uniform plan to make Universities as safe as possible. All university staff, students and their families should sign this petition.
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  • Wheelchair Access in Public Schools
    Currently in Australia, a Royal Commission is looking into the shocking cases of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability and Inclusive Education has been recommended during the hearings, utilising the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 9 and 24 (see reference below). These UN Articles can’t be properly implemented in our public schools unless we provide access to people who use wheelchairs. 15-20% of people in Australia have a disability. It makes sense to include disabled people in our community - we are not going away! If you have an understanding of inclusion and don't believe in segregation in our public schools, please sign this petition and share it so we can make this change for our future generations to learn to accept diversity from the time they start school. Thank you for sticking up for those who might be a little different you! Remember - it could be you next who might need to use a mobility device and need to be included... https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-2.html https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/
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  • Discrimination has no place in our schools
    The Morrison government's proposed legislation will entrench the right to discriminate in all faith-based institutions across Australia, and will bulldoze the protections which have been hard-fought for in individual states and territories. We are also deeply concerned about the cover provided by this Bill for bigotry, misogyny and homophobia – not just in non-government education, but in all schools and workplaces. Insulting, hurtful and offensive statements about women, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, single parents, people with disabilities or illness will be afforded legal protection and harder to call out. We support religious freedoms, including the freedom against discrimination. However, the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill does not protect against discrimination – it enables it. It must be stopped. We call on all politicians to oppose this dangerous and misguided legislation.
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