Australian universities have been hit hard by decades of neoliberal austerity. Now, after countless job losses and rising workloads, university workers are taking the fight to managers and vice chancellors.
Anastasia Kanjere is a casual academic and union activist based in Melbourne. She’s running for general secretary in the upcoming National Tertiary Education Union elections.
Australian universities have been badly hit by COVID-19, with already deregulated workforces suffering job losses and pay cuts. On the back of recent setbacks, rank-and-file organizing is trying to reinvigorate the Tertiary Education Union as a site of struggle.