Students' Representative Council, Sydney University
The Education Action Group (EAG) is an activist collective fighting for students on campus. We meet regularly to plan actions and build for them.
Over the last few years the Education Action Group fought with the National Union of Students and student unions around the country against fee deregulation, forcing the government to back down on the policy which would have seen some university degrees costing $100,000. When USYD staff went on strike in 2013 and 2017, students organised through the EAG and stood with them in their fight for fair pay and conditions – because staff working conditions are student learning conditions.
This year the EAG will continue fighting for workers rights, especially for international students. We will also be campaigning for international student concession Opal cards as NSW is one of the only states not to provide this. We will also continue on last year’s struggle against Tony Abbott and John Howard’s racist Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. We will continue to stand with other collective’s campaigns and, as always, the EAG will continue to fight for a completely free, publicly funded and accessible tertiary education.
Liam Carrigan and Dylan Griffiths The success of the ‘Let SCA Stay’ campaign in beating back management and their attempts to merge the school with UNSW is the first major victory of collective action we have seen this year. As we approach the final months of our term as Education Officers it seems appropriate to […]
Dylan Griffiths & Liam Carrigan Over the break USYD management sent an email to Sydney College of the Arts students announcing the signing of a Heads of Agreement with UNSW that proposed a ‘merger’ of SCA with UNSW Art and Design. With no guarantees for staff, studio space, curriculum and facilities this is no merger; […]
Dylan Griffiths and Liam Carrigan On May 11th, students from across NSW gathered as part of the National Day of Action in protest against 2 billon in funding cuts to higher education announced by the liberals in the federal budget. The march included shocking displays of police violence and brutality that has become the norm […]
Liam Carrigan and Dylan Griffiths Treasurer Scott Morrison did not mention higher education in his 2016 budget speech – but make no mistake the Liberals remain determined to squeeze students. They have had to walk away from their preferred policy of full fee deregulation, citing “community concern”. We can chalk this up as a victory […]
Another dire week for higher education in Australia. At USYD the forces of evil continue to press for staff and curriculum cuts. With the federal Budget approaching and a 20% cut to higher education funding, university management’s corporate agenda is only encouraged. Management is cautious of the wins made by student and staff united campaigns […]