Revelations that the AUT are likely to back down from their refusal to mark assessment work to avoid jeopardising student degrees will come as a reassurance to hundreds of finalists, both on campus and around the country. Many will breathe a sigh of relief, thankful that they at least will escape relatively unscathed, irrespective of the eventual outcome of the dispute. Needless to say, this is a rather selfish approach that misses the point.
Even if the rebel lecturer’s union, now showing signs of division in its own ranks, does not have the bottle to stand its ground in the pay reform dispute over the coming weeks, the problem will not go away. Whatever short-term respite is secured, us students should not forget this issue, which remains just as important as the saga surrounding top-up fees.