In an historic move, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) voted today to spend $1 million on an election campaign to defend higher education in the September federal election.
NTEU National Council protests against dumb cuts to university funding at Parliament House, Canberra
This morning, 120 NTEU National Council delegates meeting in Canberra protested outside Parliament House against the cuts to university funding.
Jeannie Rea, National NTEU President, said that ...
Enterprise bargaining resumed on Thursday 13 June with a 3.5 hour meeting.
During the course of that meeting, we established the areas on which we still have not reached agreement. These include: management's desire to 'streamline' performance improvement and unsatisfactory performance processes; the NTEU's superannuation claim; the amount to be allocated to the General Staff Development Fund; the processes, procedures and amount of leave available to victims of domestic violence (management still wants processes and procedures outside of the Agreement in policy); and the amount of leave for parents.
Towards the end of these discussions, management revealed their revised salary offer of 2.9% per annum. Apparently management arrived at this figure by looking at the inflation rate for Sydney (2.8%), and adding 0.1% to that figure.
While management asserted that this is all the university can afford in the current climate, we strongly disagree. Staff salaries should be a budget priority for the University -- we are the people who hold this place together in tough times with our hard work and commitment.
Management also asserted that because they had withdrawn many of their proposed cuts to staff conditions, staff would be happy to accept what is effectively a wage freeze. Again, we strongly disagree. As discussed at our last members' meeting, we have taken into account the current financial situation and have modified our original wage demand in order to secure a first rate enterprise agreement. But a wage 'increase' of 0.1% is an insult, consider the following:
Those members who taken five days of industrial action so far this year may be eligible to access the NTEU's Industrial Defense Fund. In order to make a claim please follow the instructions below.
Are you looking for work that looks highly-paid and flexible, but is actually low hourly rates hidden behind unrealistic workloads and abysmal annual wages disguised by inconsistency of contracts? Then Sydney University is the place for you!
Here at Sydney University, casual academics are paid to mark 4,500 words per hour. All tutors know that this is unrealistic. In real terms, this means casual tutors receive around $15 per hour. This is just one of the many ways unrealistic workloads disguise underpayment of casual academics, and demonstrates why a wage increase that at least keeps pace with inflation is crucial.
NTEU opposes the draft Enterprise Agreement being sent to College of Law staff and encourages all staff to VOTE NO in the upcoming ballot to be held 19 - 20 June.
Six bargaining meetings have been held since the unsuccessful EA vote earlier this year to try and progress outstanding issues. The NTEU continues to have a number of concerns about the provisions of the proposed new EA and therefore opposes the agreement.
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