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NTEU Enterprise Agreement Campaign Celebration. Friday 11 October, 5pm-7pm, Royal Hotel Abercrombie St Darlington (Upstairs).
This week NTEU members voted to accept management's pay offer, and so conclude our campaign for a fair Enterprise Agreement. The long, committed campaign run by NTEU members over the past year has resulted in the protection and expansion of conditions at the University of Sydney.
We should be proud of the campaign we have fought and the results we have won. Our campaign is one of the biggest that this sector has ever seen, and now we have the chance to celebrate our successes.Please join NTEU Members on Friday, 11 Octoberfor a drink to celebrate all that we have achieved.
RSVP by Wednesday 09 October by emailing Shane Reside in the branch office. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At a very well attended NTEU members’ meeting on Tuesday, October 01, members voted overwhelmingly to accept a new offer from University management to resolve the current enterprise bargaining dispute and therefore to cancel next week’s planned 72-hour strike. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes to members.The following motions were passed:• That this meeting of NTEU members endorses the new offer from the University management.• This offer includes a 14.5% salary increase to March 2017; a $540 sign-on bonus; one extra concessional day per year during the December/January close down; and, for Academic Staff, 3 research days per year, and, for General Staff, 3 Career Development days per year.• That this meeting of NTEU members cancels next week’s planned 72 hour strike.Motions of thanks were also moved from the floor and passed with acclamation. The bargaining team, campaign committee, branch committee, activists and membership were thanked. As were the students who campaigned with staff, joined the pickets and shared our fight for quality education and quality working conditions. The applause was heartfelt and extended.Thank you for your support throughout the campaign. It has been a tremendous collective effort. The gains made at the bargaining table and the conditions that have been secured are a result of the collective strength and solidarity of the membership. Of that we should all be proud.•
On Tuesday August 20, NTEU Members stood together for their 6th day of industrial action reiterating their demands for a fair wage offer and a better agreement.
One of the NTEU's activists shot footage on the picket lines and made these two videos. The first is about the campaign and how important it is. The second is about the importance of a fair wage offer, and why management's offer of 2.9% is neither a pay rise nor fair to staff.
The videos are available below.
Staff at the University of Sydney are taking the extraordinary measure of striking tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) on the university’s Open Day. It’s the 7th day of strike action since March over stalled collective agreement negotiations.
University staff will gather at the main gates on campus to explain to prospective students – and their families – the reasons for their collective bargaining campaign and how deteriorating staff working conditions will affect the quality of education and the conditions of learning.
NTEU Branch President Michael Thomson said it was a serious issue but the union action at Open Day would also be fun and informative, with barbeques, balloons, and music laid
Frequently Asked Questions: Open Day Strike and Picket
- Why are NTEU members going on strike on Open Day?
Management’s current pay offer to staff is a real wage cut of 0.5 per cent a year. It is part of a concerted effort by Vice Chancellors across the country to force down the wages of staff in the higher education sector, even as they ask us to work harder for longer.
At Sydney, student load increased by more than 5 per cent in 2012 alone, yet staff numbers have remained unchanged. Management simply expects us to meet increased demand through increases in our workload and work intensification.
Management’s claim that anything more than their offer is unaffordable is an attempt to suggest staff are being greedy. However, our pay claim aligns closely with community standards and expectations. Figures released by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show national system public sector employees received average enterprise agreement wage increases of 3.9% a year in the March quarter 2013. Across the whole national system, wages in enterprise agreements increased 3.7%.
We deserve a fair pay rise that recognises both our hard work and broader community wage outcomes.
The following motions were passed at today's NTEU members meeting.
1) This meeting of NTEU members endorses the Open Day Picket protocols and calls a members meeting for Wednesday 11 September.
2) This meeting of NTEU members committs to further industrial action in the immediate weeks and considers ballotting for additional industrial action, unless management meets the union's pay claim of 4%.
As the branch prepares for action on Open Day, Saturday August 31, the membership has endorsed a revised picket line protocol. The protocols reflect that the action on Open Day will be different from that taken on ordinary work days, and emphasises that the NTEU's primary goal on Open Day is to inform prospective students and their parents about our ongoing industrial dispute and the ways that attacks on staff working conditions will affect their learning conditions.
You can download the protocols below.
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At the NTEU members meeting on Tuesday July 30, members made the decision to reschedule strike action. Members resolved to take 24 hours of strike action on Tuesday August 20. Classes will be cancelled and staff are encouraged to join us on the picket lines from 7 am. The picket line protocols can be downloaded here. Posters and leaflets are available to download here. Below you will find some resources you can use if you want to talk you your students about the industrial action, including a powerpoint presentation and a letter for ongoing and for casual staff. There is also a copy of a suggested out of office
a response to Sydney University's Dean of Law, Professor Joellen Riley. You can read Professor Connor's piece here: SMH Website.