Betrayed Students To Picket Over Summer Benefit
Betrayed Students To Picket Prime Minister Over Summer Benefit
Student and activist groups in three cities are to
protest over a recent
decision by the Labour and Alliance parties to vote down a private members
bill that would have granted all students access to the Emergency
Unemployment Benefit over summer.
unprecedented move, students will picket the Prime Minister
Clark as she delivers a lecture in Auckland today, at the Maidment Theatre
at 12:30. This Friday Waikato students will hold an "SOS - Summer of
Starvation" protest with a soup kitchen in Garden Place. A further action
is being planned in Dunedin for early next week.
In 1998 the National party restricted access to the
Benefit to only those students who were eligible to receive an allowance
during the academic term time. This resulted in foodbanks being set up at
a number of student associations.
"We want to send a clear
message to the Prime Minister that this issue
will not go away, it is not acceptable for the government to deny students
a safety net that all other groups in society have."
"Students are outraged at the complete turnaround
from two parties who
were so strongly opposed to National's decision in 1998. Many students
voted for Labour and the Alliance so that they would deliver a fairer
system of tertiary fees, loans and allowances, and are now feeling
betrayed," said Sam Huggard, NZUSA Co President.
"We will be keeping up the pressure on the
government on this issue.
Students will not accept Labour's flimsy excuses that the Emergency
Unemployment Benefit is unaffordable", said Sam Huggard.
For further comment:
NZUSA Co President
025 86 86 73
04 498 2500 (work)