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Cloud over Syd Uni O-Week: 100 jobs on chopping block

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Lee Rhiannon 21 Feb 2012

Moves by Sydney University to axe 100 academic jobs and move a further 60 to teaching-only roles is a blow to quality education at Sydney University and shows a lack of good faith in negotiations, said Greens Senator and Higher Education spokesperson Lee Rhiannon.

“Students rocking up to O-Week at Sydney University will be disappointed to learn of these massive job cuts and are entitled to be concerned for the quality of their courses”, said Senator Rhiannon.

“Vice Chancellor Michael Spence has his priorities seriously wrong. He is leading the university down a dangerous path by cutting jobs in favour of pouring money into infrastructure and IT projects. 

“It is like trying to improve dental health by axing the number of dentists to pay for an upgrade of waiting rooms.

“Rolls Royce infrastructure will not make up for an over-stretched and casualised pool of staff.

“The Greens call on the Mr Spence to take off his blinkers and negotiate in good faith with the NTEU.

“I am spending this week visiting campuses for O-Week. The students I have met are excited about the adventure to come but it is hard to maintain this excitement when job cuts loom across a number of campuses” said Senator Rhiannon.

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