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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.
Hardship Funds Available for Casual and Part-Time NTEU Members who participate in the strike
The NTEU is determined to address the growth of casual and precarious labour at the University. This is a core element of our Enterprise Bargaining campaign.The Branch has been collecting money for members who suffer severe hardship by participating in the strikes. Casuals and part-time staff who are NTEU members who lose a full weeks pay by participating in the strike action either on Thursday March 07, or Tuesday March 26 and Wednesday March 27 should apply for support.
We will need proof of loss of income, NTEU membership (you must also have been a member prior to taking strike action), and a letter of request. Other members who suffer severe hardship will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Members who participate on the picket line will be given preference.•
Sydney University staff, general and academic, have been writing letters to inform management of their reasons for supporting the Enterprise Bargaining campaign and industrial action.
These letters are powerful and eloquent and speak to the anxieties university staff have about the direction management is taking Sydney University, and their hopes for Higher Education and this institution. Please read and share them widely.
Staff at Sydney University have also made a video (Dear Michael - An open letter to the Vice Chancellor) which you can view below.
Dear Michael - An open letter to the Vice Chancellor
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:
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.
Staff at the University of Sydney are striking again today over stalled collective agreement negotiations (Wednesday 5 June) for 24 hours.
It’s 5th time this year that the National Tertiary ...
At the NTEU Sydney University Branch Committee Meeting of May 24, 2013, the following motion condemning police violence on picketlines was passed.
The University of Sydney branch of the NTEU deplores the violence carried out by New South Wales police on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 against NTEU members and students who were peacefully picketing for a fair Enterprise Agreement at the University of Sydney.
The pickets were part of industrial action being undertaken by the NTEU that has been authorised as protected through a secret ballot of all NTEU members conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission under the terms of industrial law in Australia.
At all times, NTEU picket lines have adhered to the protocols discussed with police and campus security.
In using violence against NTEU pickets, the New South Wales police are interfering with and undermining the right to take industrial action.
The University of Sydney branch of the NTEU also condemns the University of Sydney management’s authorisation of this violence. Campus security staff liaised closely with police about their strategies towards picketers, and public statements by Vice Chancellor Spence give implicit endorsement to the police violence.
Such authorisation of police violence against legitimate industrial action runs contrary to the value of intellectual freedom which should be at the core of the University. Unfortunately, it is in keeping with the University of Sydney management’s broader attempts to silence and intimidate staff from expressing dissent in public. These attempts include earlier proposals to remove intellectual freedom provisions from the enterprise agreement, and, during the ‘no-job-cuts campaign, of 2011-2012, threats to charge those participating in peaceful protests outside University Senate with engaging in unprotected industrial action.
We call on the University of Sydney management to condemn publicly the police violence against the NTEU pickets, and to communicate to the New South Wales police that such violence is not acceptable against any future NTEU picket lines at the University of Sydney.