Students at the University of Tasmania are standing up to threats made by the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) to halt their academic and professional futures while negotiations between the Union and the University of Tasmania have stalled.
The NTEU, in a letter addressed to students, have threatened to put a “ban on the delivery of teaching”, and a “ban on communicating marks for processing”. For students, this means that applying for future studies, accreditations, or graduate roles may be impossible.
President of the Tasmania University Union Council Clark Cooley said “Many students are already highly stressed about university results, and withholding them will have immeasurable effects on their wellbeing and mental health.”
“Actions by the NTEU will negatively impact student welfare and cripple students who wish to continue on with study, or seek employment, particularly in the international and mainland job markets where students will need to compete against those from other universities.”
“While students start to prepare for end of year exams the last thing they need to worry about is university staff not undertaking their responsibilities. We encourage the NTEU to consider alternate options of industrial action. One which does not play with student wellbeing, such as strikes outside of normal study semesters.”
“We encourage the University and the Union to complete their negotiations and resolve any issues between the two bodies”
One student group, led by Thomas Bearman, have launched a petition to stop the NTEU from undertaking this attack on the student body. Mr Bearman said “No matter one’s views on the current industrial action, I believe that such action taken against students will have a harmful effect.”
The petition can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F92CY3L
The letter from the NTEU being delivered to students can be found below.
The Tasmania University Union (TUU) was founded in 1899 as the representative body for all students of the University of Tasmania. The TUU seeks to advance the rights and protect the interests of students by ensuring the their voices are heard by parliamentarians, policy makers, university leadership and the wider community.
The views of the TUU Council may be different from that of the TUU Board of Management.
Clark Cooley President Tasmania University Union