UNE Branch of NTEU to strike on 1 May
Twelve months after talks commenced to negotiate a new Collective Agreement for academic staff, and six months after the expiry of the Agreement covering general staff and English language teachers, the UNE Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will strike for 24 hours on 1 May.
Read the media release after the jump.
NSW Teachers Federation statement on cuts to university funding:
"The NSW Teachers Federation believes that the Gonski schools funding reform is long overdue and should be supported. However, cutting funding to public universities is unacceptable. We call upon the Federal Government to immediately reverse this decision.
"All levels of public education, from pre-school to tertiary, deserve additional, not less, government funding."
Improvements to funding and equity for primary and secondary school education are essential. These should not be achieved by slashing the resources available for a quality university education.
After the Government stripped $1 billion out of universities in the mid-year economic statement, the first major statement of the new Higher Education Minister Craig Emerson was to make a further $2.3 billion cuts to the sector. Around $1.3 billion of this will be borne by students – with the rest to come from an “efficiency dividend” of 2 per cent on payments to universities.
Let us be very clear: this $900 million reduction is not an “efficiency dividend”. The federal government is not our shareholder and our institutions do not have profits to distribute to them or anyone else. This change is a cut to university core funding.
Dear NTEU members,
Thank you for your feedback to my email early this week. I have read your messages of support and the many good ideas and proposals for the focus and content of the campaign. In ...
"For me a central question that we all at this university need to answer, in a way that is persuasive to a reasonable proportion of those working at the coal-face, is: what does it mean to be a university, and not a brewery? What kinds of relationships and lines of communication should we have, especially horizontally, but also vertically? What does it actually mean for managers to ‘respect’ the staff they manage, what rules should they be abiding by? There are many people in senior management positions at this University who are acutely aware of the importance of these questions, and have arrived at a considered approach to how they should be answered. In my view these are the ‘best practice’ managers at the University. This round of Enterprise Agreement negotiations, including the industrial action, will have achieved an enormously positive effect if it generates an impetus towards not only answering these questions, but developing the policies, practices and institutional forms that give those answers a firm shape in the real world of university•
Come along to this social NTEU Event on your local campus to talk with your local NTEU Bargaining team reps and fellow member colleagues.
NTEU Campus BBQ – Kingswood Campus...
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Do support the students by participating in their activities and also assuring students participating that they will not be penalised for non-attendance in class.
Events are being organised across ...
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