Peaceful, but poignant protest, backs uni printery

Just some of the protesters outside the UNE Council meeting.Dozens of staff and students demonstrated against the potential closure of the University of New England Printery this morning, just metres from a UNE Council meeting.
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General staff union official Ross Bennetts said the aim of the peaceful protest was to make the council aware of UNEprint’s value to the university.

“We just wanted to be visible outside the window to show that staff of the university do care about the printery,” Community and Public Sector Union branch president, Mr Bennetts.

The CPSU has submitted a petition to UNE’s chief operating officer Peter Enlund with 600 signatures.

The petition called for greater transparency and explanation as to why the printery needs to be closed.

“The idea of the council is to have a representative from each area of the university so everyone is informed and can take part in the discussion, but this decision just seems to have come from on high without any consultation or advice from key stakeholders,” Mr Bennetts said.

The university might outsource its printing operations, however Mr Bennetts doubts Armidale printeries could handle the workload.

UNE claims the Printery is no longer financially viable and has courted expressions of interest to offload it.

Read the employees’ views in Monday’s Express.

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