Striking workers at Sydney University have the full support of the State’s 600,000 strong trade union movement, Unions NSW said today.

NTEU and CPSU members at the University are on strike from 7am today and will be supported at three picket lines by trade union members from across the State.

Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, commended the striking workers, pointing out that the industrial action was about the future of tertiary education.

“Management at Sydney Uni want to abolish workload limits and remove restrictions on working hours. They’re effectively undercutting the very conditions that guarantee quality education,” Mr Lennon said.

“We can’t allow our universities to become a production line for substandard degrees.

“Unions will be out in force supporting our friends at Sydney Uni both in solidarity with them but also because we believe in quality tertiary education.

“Australia faces stiff competition in the decades ahead as Asia develops a flourishing middle class. Slashing the quality of our tertiary education is not in the national interest.”

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