Education Action Collective: UMSU’s Home of Student Activism!
If you’re passionate about fighting for the rights of students and young people, then come along to one of our events!
Every Thursday in semester 1-2pm AEST via Zoom and in person (when COVID allows!!)
EDUCATION ACTION COLLECTIVE are a collective of students who standing up and fighting back against attacks on our education and on students. We’re fighting for a better world, where education is free and our society works for people, not profit. Young people today have grown up in a pretty tough world. Global economic, health and climate crises all intersecting and hitting hard. Inequality skyrocketing, and governments only seeming to encourage it. A casualised workforce rife with wage theft and exploitation. A housing market made for landlords, not for normal people.
But this doesn’t have to be the world the next generation inherits. Young people around the world are getting organised and mobilising to fight back. From young workers unionising against wage theft, to school students taking to the streets for climate justice, indigenous activists from Djab Wurrung country to Standing Rock fighting back against corporate interest and people of colour marching for a system without racism.
And on campus, we’re also fighting back. We’ve formed the Education Action Collective to educate, organise and fight for our rights.
Come along to our meetings and join our Facebook group here. Some of the things we’re taking on this year include trying to fight the Federal Government’s proposed cuts to higher education and supporting the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)—the union for university teachers and staff—in their campaign to secure better working conditions for people employed by Melbourne University.
If you’re a student interested in political and social issues and activism, we’d love to see you here!! Our collective runs every Thursday in semester between 1-2pm via Zoom and in person (if COVID allows). Head to the UMSU Education Facebook page to stay in the loop for updates on our collective! Details for our collective for 2021 semester 2 are as follows:
19 August (Graham Cornish B, Union House), 2 September (Graham Cornish B), 16 September (Training Room 1, Union House), 30 September (Graham Cornish B), 14 October (Graham Cornish B). *These are subject to COVID restrictions and may change, so please check our Facebook page for further updates.
Online (via zoom):
29 July, 5 August, 12 August, 26 August, 9 September, 23 September, 7 October, 21 October.
Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/87630522950?pwd=YVNiNUg2dS9BTlRZeHAzQXBTSGNkUT09
If you’re facing some of the unfair conditions in your workplace we’ve mentioned above, then get in contact with:
- UMSU Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
- UMSU Welfare: email@example.com
- UMSU Legal (free legal service offered by UMSU): call 0468 720 668 between 1-4:30PM from Monday to Thursday OR use their application form if they’re not available.
- Young Workers Centre (legal advocacy service offered by Trades Hall): visit their website OR call 1800 714 754
- Migrant Workers Centre (legal advocacy service offered by Trades Hall for migrant workers): visit their website OR call 1800 714 754