Prisons on platforms

Roz Ward Remember when stations in Victoria were places where you would wait for a train? Not anymore. Despite there being no increase in levels of crime, train stations are fast becoming a playground for the law and order Liberals and their uniformed thugs. The changes started two years ago when the state government announced it would introduce more than 900 protective service officers (PSOs). PSOs are non-police o...CONTINUE READING

La Trobe backs down on suspension

Danica Cheesley In a victory for student activism, La Trobe University has backed down from its attempts to punish students who organised protests on campus last year. In opposition to a planned $10 million of cuts to the humanities faculty, students organised a campaign that included mass staff and student meetings, rallies and occupations on campus. This campaign forced the university to back down from some of the cuts i...CONTINUE READING

Old school unionism at Sydney Uni

Alma Torlakovic Until this year, Sydney University hadn’t had a real strike since 2003. Traditionally, the NTEU has not put effort into building them. Pickets have involved a dozen members handing out leaflets at the entrances, as hordes of staff and students enter the campus. But things are changing. Staff have responded to serious attacks on working conditions with four strikes. One of the key issues is the right of the...CONTINUE READING

NTEU barganing update

Robin Laycock University staff enterprise agreements across Australia have expired and are now being renegotiated. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is trying to win better pay and conditions for university staff. In many cases, staff have had no pay rise for 12 months or more, with most university managements refusing even to make a wage offer. At La Trobe University, the “administrative pay rise” given by ma...CONTINUE READING