Bans on student results at UNSW and VU
Members will probably have seen media reports on enterprise bargaining negotiations at VU and UNSW, and in particular the current protected industrial action in the form of the withholding of student results.
|See at the end of this post how you can support your colleagues who have been stood down.|
At Victoria University, the management has reneged on a Heads of Agreement document signed with the Union last year, and is specifically now proposing that there should be no pay rise at all in 2010.
This has understandably angered members, who are now supporting 7 'legends in their own lifetime' with large student enrolments, who have been stood down without pay for refusing to transmit first semester results.
Members at VU are determined not to allow the University to yet again renege on its previous agreements, and are demanding that the University immediately start negotiating in good faith for a new Agreement.
A first formal bargaining meeting will be held on 20 July.
At the University of New South Wales (including at the Australian Defence Force Academy) approximately 80 members have been stood down without pay for withholding student results, after VC Fred Hilmer has indicated that he wishes to dispense with the existing Award safety net and have completely unregulated use of fixed term and casual employment.
He has also sought to reduce maternity leave entitlements for some staff, and unlike the other GO8 colleagues, has refused to accede to union claims for improved career paths for contract research staff. In demanding unfettered use of fixed term contracts, UNSW management is seeking to have an Agreement far inferior to those at all 22 Universities where the Union’s claims on this issue have been settled.
The VC has made it clear that he sees no particular need for a new Agreement, preferring to maintain the existing arrangements imposed by John Howard’s WorkChoices and Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements (HEWRRs).
At a meeting last Wednesday, members decided to continue with the bans. Nearly 1,300 students have joined Facebook pages (http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=136107366418179&ref=ts) supporting their staff who have been stood down, and a large student rally is planned in support of the staff on Tuesday 20th July.
How you can support your colleagues who have been stood down
Members who have been stood down without pay are receiving some support from the NTEU Defence Fund.
However, they need your support to ensure they are not significantly disadvantaged by the action they are taking on behalf of all NTEU members. Please consider making a donation now via the NTEU website: click here to donate.