World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 08 Apr, 2021 03:45 am

Australia: IYSSE/CFPE meeting adopts resolution to fight university cuts

Australia: IYSSE/CFPE meeting adopts resolution to fight university cuts
The motion, carried unanimously, offers a way forward for students and staff, based on an alternative socialist perspective that rejects the dictates of the corporate elite.

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) and the Committee for Public Education (CFPE) in Australia held the meeting to call for the formation of joint rank-and-file committees of staff and students to fight the attacks at Sydney’s Macquarie University and across the country.Carolyn Kennett, a member of the Socialist Equality Party and the CFPE, and an academic at Macquarie University, told the meeting: “The ruling class is using the pandemic as an opportunity to refashion class relations and working conditions in factories, schools and universities.“The cuts to staffing announced at Macquarie University last month are part of this broader assault on the working class.” The second speaker, Sneha Arutla, the president of the IYSSE club at Macquarie University, brought into stark relief the money being spent on war preparations compared to the inadequate spending on the pandemic.

” The IYSSE club president explained: “The job cuts at Macquarie University are not only an attack on university workers.Zach Diotte, the president of the IYSSE club at Western Sydney University (WSU), said the assault on education was occurring worldwide, so the fight at Macquarie had to be developed within that global context.

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