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Student chains themself to the Vice Chancellor’s gate

Student chains themself to the Vice Chancellor’s gate

A student from the University of Auckland has chained themself to the gate of Alfred Nathan House on Princes Street, where Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon has his office.

Student protestors have gathered in support. The student chained has a megaphone and is reading out a political text.

Student Protester Mikaela Hunt said “our Vice Chancellor is one of the most highly paid public officials, while apparently we don’t have enough money to pay cleaners a living wage or enough money to keep the admin staff in their job.”

Students have been reading outside the Vice Chancellor’s office every day for the past week for student democracy, and to ask the question: where are our fees going?

Stuart McCutcheon is paid $660,000, while many cleaners at the university are on the minimum wage. A restructuring of administrative staff under the Faculty Administrative Review (FAR) is leading to over 100 job losses.

Student fees increase every year, yet important members of the University are not being paid enough and are placed in precarious working conditions.

Students demand that Stuart McCutcheon provide students with a voice on campus, and will not silence their dissent.


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