Original motion

The original motion, before amendment by Assembly participants, read as follows:

“This assembly of academic, professional, ongoing, precarious, employed and currently out-of-work university staff:

1.  Asserts that the value of higher education exceeds the logics of the market.

2.   Demands the Federal Government uphold higher education’s value as a public good by funding the following measures:

·     Guaranteeing jobs and conditions for all staff

·     Radically reducing Australian universities’ rates of casualisation through conversion of precarious staff to ongoing employment

·     Providing accessible education for all by financially supporting students rather than burdening them with debt.

3.   Opposes cuts to university funding proposed by the Minister for Education, Dan Tehan.

4.   Commits to building a national network of university workers that aims to strengthen every campaign resisting austerity in the sector. We will create alliances across states, universities, and employment divisions in a way that reflects the diverse nature of the university workforce.

5.   Endorses the School Strike for Climate day of action on September 25 and calls for the widest possible participation of university staff.

6.    Commits to mounting a vigorous campaign to defend universities from funding cuts and to protect all university jobs. We believe that unprotected industrial action  will be necessary in such a campaign, and we commit to taking a series of coordinated actions that build towards this goal. We call on the NTEU and other unions to support these rank-and-file actions and to help mobilise branches for them.

7.    Commits to building a major demonstration involving NTEU, NUS, and secondary school student groups before the government’s Budget in October.”