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FedUni staff and students protest against massive job cuts

National Tertiary Education Union 2 mins read

NTEU members at FedUni held an all-member meeting this week in which they vowed to join protests at the university’s three major campuses next week to oppose the Vice Chancellor’s devastating “Future Fed” cuts proposal. 


Staff, students, and community members will rally at midday at the Berwick campus on Tuesday April 30, at midday at the Churchill campus on Wednesday May 1, and at midday at the Mt Helen campus on Thursday May 2. They will call on senior management to stop the devastating cuts proposed by the Vice Chancellor, which will destroy valued courses and further undermine already stretched student support services. 


While management is still refusing to tell staff where they intend to apply the cuts, it is now clear that they plan on removing 200 Full Time Equivalent positions. As a percentage of the FTE headcount of 1071 disclosed in the last annual report, this amounts to nearly 20% of the workforce at FedUni. The NTEU is not aware of management at any Australian university that has applied cuts more destructive than this. 

“Our Branch’s organising team has been very busy putting up posters, handing out leaflets, and engaging staff and students in conversations to build these important rallies,” said NTEU Branch President Dr Mathew Abbott. 

“Our Branch has taken on this rogue management in the past and won and we are aiming to do so again. The stakes are very high as staff members believe our university cannot survive cuts of this scale, as they will make our problems with student enrolment and retention far worse.” 

FedUni student Ramesh Durai says students are very concerned about the cuts and about proposals from the university’s Provost to replace valued staff with chat bots.


“As a current international student, I would be greatly disappointed should the discussed changes, specifically those regarding the redundancy of staff and replacement with automated systems, be meted out,” said Mr Durai. 


“I would consider it a failing of the university to fulfill their contracted charge of proper tertiary education. If I wanted a chatbot handling my requests I would take that to Maccas, not my university.”


The locations of the rallies and information about speakers will be released on Monday April 29.


Contact details:

Mathew Abbott on 0421 455 812

Ramesh Durai on 0434 424 684 or

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