An unidentified participant in the St. Francis Xavier Association of University Teachers sports a mock-up surveillance camera on his head Friday after the AUT claimed the University was filming their activities. The picket lines resumed after negotiations broke down on Thursday. SUBMITTED
ANTIGONISH – As the St. Francis Xavier University administration and the St. FX Association of University Teachers step away from yet another failed negotiation, students are beginning to wonder whether their voices are being heard.
On Thursday, both parties met to seek a resolution to the impasse but neither proposal was satisfactory to either party. The strike by academic workers at St. FX has continued since then.
Cecily Gilby, a second year student from Lyons Brook, said she and her classmates thought the strike would have been resolved long before now.
“When the strike started, there was no talk of cancelling the semester,” said Gilby. “It now looks like a distinct possibility.”
She says that students have been instructed to continue following their syllabi and readings as if classes were still ongoing.
“It’s a tall order. It’s tough because professors can’t answer our questions or give us any info.”
Lysa McGrath, a fifth year student from Cole Harbour, says her graduation is now in jeopardy.
“It’s quite nerve wracking now that they’re talking about moving graduation,” said McGrath.
“I’ve applied for summer jobs and grad schools and all that is up in the air now.”
She hopes a speedy solution can be found as soon as possible. “They need to get back to the bargaining table and think about us, the students.”
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