Perhaps not the desired outcome for Schwartz
In a rather strange twist of events, Prof. Schwartz Vice-Chancellor here at Macquarie University, has become our best fundraiser.
As many a devoted SMH reader would have seen this morning, Vice-Chancellor Schwartz has published a letter in this morning’s paper relating directly to the ongoing industrial action here at Macquarie University.
Perhaps Prof. Schwartz thought this would encourage opposition amongst the general public and Macquarie University students to this action, a desperate bid after his unanimous condemnation by the NSW Upper House.
However, quite the opposite has occurred. This morning emails and phone calls of support, from both the general public and the student body have flowed in as well as offers of donations and financial assistance.
Furthermore, in solidarity with fellow NTEU members at Macquarie University a colleague from the University of Queensland, after reading Prof. Schwartz’s letter took time off from his holiday in Sydney to come into our Branch Office and make a sizable donation to the fighting fund and to express his solidarity.
Over the course of this round of industrial action more than eleven hundred people, including a significant number of Macquarie University students, have joined the Facebook support page.
In addition to this, the number of applications for membership has grown considerably since the beginning of the current round of industrial action, far from bowing to threats and stand-downs Macquarie University NTEU members are gathering momentum.
It is imperative that we keep the ball rolling into the New Year, and show our strength at ‘Information Day’ in January. Please contact the Branch Office if you can offer any support here.