22 Feb 2011

Student union pushing for new members now

10:30 am on 22 February 2011

The Otago University Students' Association is anticipating the possible introduction of voluntary student unionism next year by campaigning for new members now.

With thousands of students flooding onto campus for orientation week, the association is holding a competition that involves asking students to upload their details onto its database.

Association president Harriet Geoghagan says the competition is in part a dry run on how to get students signed up if voluntary unionism comes into effect.

She says union services at events such as orientation week may never be the same again if the Education Amendment Bill is passed.

The New Zealand Union of Students' Associations says other unions are also coming up with contingency plans should the bill be passed.