• Pledge to Deakin casuals
    Re-employing, recognising, and providing Deakin casuals ongoing access to University systems is essential for ensuring that Deakin is strongly positioned in 2021 and beyond, to educate the new influx of domestic students, carry out research, and build community connections in a post-Covid environment. Before Covid, around 6000 sessional academics, casual professional, casual research and fixed term staff were employed by Deakin, carrying out the bulk of teaching, student support and research assistance. Following Covid, the jobs of approximately 2500 insecure workers were cut. The mass job losses sustained by Deakin casualised staff haven’t, however, been mentioned in the University’s official figures of job cuts, and the way in which the employment of casuals and sessional staff was terminated at the Faculty-level, as part of Deakin’s response to Covid-19, has for the most part been demeaning and disrespectful. In some Faculties, casual professional staff were informed in a proforma email by their line manager that they had been laid off, while in other Faculties casualised staff members only found out they had lost their job when they received an email from E-solutions advising that their email account would be closed down in seven days. This brutal treatment of Deakin casualised staff is incredibly short-sighted because casuals will play an important part in supporting the University’s vital role of rebuilding Australian society and the economy post-Covid-19. Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin himself has acknowledged the important role of Deakin casuals in a letter to staff on 18 June: “Deakin recognises the important contribution of our sessional academic staff … I am sure that when student demand increases, Faculties will be keen to re-employ those sessional staff who have previously been employed by Deakin and know the way our systems and processes operate.” Professor Martin indicated on 28 April that the University can give preference to any non-ongoing staff who were cut during the COVID-19 pandemic, when engaging staff for these roles in the future, in a meeting with NTEU Deakin Branch representatives. Please join with us by signing this petition calling on Professor Martin to take the ‘Deakin Casuals Pledge’ to ensure casuals are re-employed, casual staff’s contributions are recognised, and casuals are provided ongoing access to Deakin systems!
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  • Parkdale Library needs a new playground
    The Petition of citizens and residents in the City of Kingston draws to the attention of the Kingston City Council that: 1. The Parkdale community between Como Pde East and Nepean Hwy do not have a local playground and our young families must travel via car to go to the nearest playground. 2. That the land adjoining Parkdale Library would be suitable, due to its proximity to local families, the library, train station and local shopping strips. 3. We acknowledge that the City of Kingston already owns the land next to the Library and currently has no plans for this space to benefit our local community.
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  • Cancel VCE Exams and ATAR Scores- Fully Fund Universities to Expand Access
    Teachers, students and parents across Victoria are facing stress, anxiety and inequality as the VCE exams approach. We call on the Ministers of Education to take these urgent measures to alleviate the stress, reduce the impossible pressure on teachers, and create pathways to tertiary education for Year 12 students. These measures are urgent given; *ongoing disruption to learning caused by the pandemic and the likely continuation of this into the new year; *inequality of educational opportunity that the COVID pandemic has only compounded; *increasingly short-time frame for any kind of alternative assessment; *anxiety and uncertainty for school leavers as they face extremely competitive youth labour market and drastic cuts in the higher education sector; *uncertain workload implications for teachers of individual special consideration applications.
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  • Stand Up Against the Curtin University Staff Cuts
    The Guild believes that universities should be places of learning and research first. Making cuts to valuable staff while investing millions into buildings in a time of crisis will only make our learning conditions worse. Curtin staff were stretched thin before and these changes will undoubtedly increase that pressure. Curtin is planning to make the same number of staff redundant as we have seen over the last 5 years combined. Voluntary redundancies threaten the diversity and inclusivity of our university environment, they disproportionately affect women, people with disabilities, queer people and first nations people. The Curtin Student Guild stands against cuts to our education. Students, staff and the quality of our education is always on the line when it comes to universities cutting costs, these areas should not face the consequences of Curtin University’s poor financial management and prioritisation of capital projects. We will not stand for this.
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  • Make Space for Headspace
    Grievance The Petition of residents to the City of Kingston draws to the attention of the of Kingston Council that: 1. Headspace Centres act as a one-stop-shop for young people who need help with mental health, physical health (including sexual health), alcohol and other drugs or work and study support. 2. Headspace is a fantastic service which caters to young people who might be experiencing mental health challenges 3. That Kingston Council does not have a Headspace facility to serve the bayside area of the municipality and travel to the closest facilities in Frankston, Dandenong and Moorabbin could prove difficult for young people seeking help. 4. That the Mordialloc Youth Hub or surrounding locations would be suitable due to its proximity to a multitude of primary and secondary schools, local sporting clubs and its accessibility via public transport. 5. The impacts of Covid-19, online learning and social isolation has disproportionately affected young people’s mental health. 6. Council should be working with their federal counterparts for vital services that will benefit the community, and should play a leading role in their delivery. Authorised by: Declan Dubout, 25 Davey Street, Parkdale, 3195
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  • UTAS REVERSE CUTS TO CLEANERS
    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of cleaners and the amazing job they do in keeping work spaces and public areas clean, healthy, and sanitary. During the pandemic, cleaners have been put under immense stress as they fight to keep Tasmanians safe. It is because of the hard work and dedication of cleaners that Tasmania currently has zero recorded cases of COVID-19. However, we are only as safe as our front line defence allows us to be. By cutting the cleaning budget, effectively withdrawing time and resources from cleaners to do their job, UTAS is putting everyone at risk. It would be devastating if a second wave of COVID-19 spread throughout Tasmania because of this poor decision by Vice-Chancellor Rufus Black and the UTAS Board. UTAS must restore its cleaning budget NOW!
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  • Alistair Coe & the Liberals: No Education Cuts!
    Alistair Coe & the Liberals keep telling Canberrans how they will cut rates, taxes and charges, but they haven’t been so quick to tell us which essential services they will cut. Will it be our libraries, school cleaning services or will the Liberals just make it harder to get to around by cutting vital infrastructure works like the light rail extension? Mr Coe - is it true you won’t rule out cuts to Canberra’s education system, including job cuts to teachers, school assistants and school cleaners? Mr. Coe, isn’t it about time you told families in Canberra the truth?
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  • Stop Cuts to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    In 2018, the University's annual revenue was $2.53 billion. Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has a yearly salary of $1.53 million. Sydney University is one of Australia's wealthiest institutions. Tutors, lecturers and professional staff are essential to the learning experience for students, and a 30% reduction will mean larger tutorials, overworked tutors, and less responsive student services. Students are already facing the prospect of massively increased university fees, with humanities degrees set to more than double in price, to $14,500 per year. For staff, the threat of unemployment means the possibility of being forced onto the already insufficient JobSeeker payment, due to be reduced to only $810 a fortnight from September. It is unconscionable that staff and students should bear the brunt of the University's funding crisis. We demand No Cuts!
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  • No cuts! Support USYD Education and Social Work staff!
    This is part of a series of attacks against staff and student from both the Liberal government and university management. Courses are getting slashed while the price of education is increasing. Social work students under current liberal plans will also see the cost of their degrees double in 2021. The University of Sydney is one of the richest universities in the country and Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence sits on a million-dollar yearly salary. Management can easily afford to fund the School of Education and Social Work, but they're only concerned about their profits. We need to fight back against all attacks against our education! If you want to join the campaign, join the USYD Education Action Group and join the organising group for Education and Social Work students https://www.facebook.com/groups/1267400043595226/. Join the National Day of Action on August 28 to fight for our education! https://www.facebook.com/events/281188686290641/
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  • Save our staff! Macquarie student petition against staff cuts
    If Macquarie management get away with this, it will mean potentially hundreds of staff’s livelihoods will be destroyed and our quality of education will continue to plummet! Macquarie Students Against Uni Cuts will be working with staff on campus to fight back against these savage attacks. We shouldn’t have to pay a cent for their crisis. If you support this campaign to defend our education and staff jobs and working conditions please sign this petition.
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  • Greater Financial Support for Students
    We are worried about students who are struggling to pay for rent, food and bills, and when Centrelink payments are reduced in October this will only get worse. We are worried about international students and their families who are struggling to pay course fees, and the obvious impacts this will have. Students are suffering and the University’s response to this has been silence. The University needs to act – and it needs to act now.
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  • Tell your Centre to pay your child’s educators!
    Many educators are now facing lockdown with no savings, no access to JobKeeper, and no Government support to fall back on. Victorian educators are asking for the support of parents like you to ask Centres to pass on Government funding as wages, as it was intended. Early childhood educators who educate and care for your children NEED YOUR SUPPORT. SIGN THE PETITION to ask YOUR local centre to pass on the Federal Government’s tax-payer funded relief to workers by maintaining their wages! Sincerely, Early Childhood Educators across Melbourne
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