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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.
It is the day after the 48-hour strike at Sydney University and I’m reflecting on the strength and passion of NTEU members.
We care deeply about the future of the higher education sector. This is why addressing insecure employment is a key claim for NTEU members in this round of bargaining.
It is also why the decision to take industrial action is never made lightly. Only after careful consideration—and following very poor response from management—do we take action.
I want to share with you an inspiring video made by Sydney University staff, so you can hear first hand why they decided to take action to protect the university.
Dear Michael - An open letter to the Vice Chancellor
This campaign is not just about Sydney University—these are issues we are facing right across the sector.
Because of this, I’m asking you to share this video with your friends, colleagues and networks. Help us distribute this very clear message: As staff, we are the people building universities for the 21st century—in practice as well as in imagination.
You can view this video, and the open letters they are based on, on our Sydney University Branch website.
Justine is an NTEU member at Macquarie University who took up the invitation to union members to participate in the NTEU sponsored Sydney Alliance training in May last year.
Sydney Alliance is a coalition of civil society groups wishing to make positive change in our community. The training provides skills development in community activism, and was attended by a broad range of community representatives, including members of unions, non-government organisations and religious groups.
After attending a further planning meeting held at the NTEU office, Justine joined the core team of Sydney Alliance activists in the East and Inner South of Sydney, planning to develop and launch a local group of community campaigners. The group goal is to plan a community campaign, and to win it within a year.
An email from Mike Holland, NTEU College of Law Branch President:
NTEU COL members oppose College of Law management’s draft Enterprise Agreement and encourages all staff to ...
Please find below the declaration of results for contested positions within the NSW Division, from the Returning Officer. The election is now complete.•
It was recently reported that 26 community organisations in NSW—including the Welfare Rights Centre, Lifeline (Sydney and Sutherland), Redfern Legal Centre’s financial counselling service, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling service and Twenty10—are at risk of having their funding cut by the NSW Government.
As a former community sector worker and then lecturer in social sciences, I appreciate how important these organisations are to the communities they assist and represent. They provide vital services to people in need, often on a tight budget.
The potential loss of funding, a result of new efficiency measures set by the NSW government, would have a devastating effect on these services, their staff and the community.
I would encourage all NTEU members to sign this petition calling on the O’Farrell government to protect community services funding, which was created by NTEU Sydney Branch member Megan.