Thanks all the members who kindly donated to the NTEU Fighting Fund
On behalf of NTEU and members of the UNSW and Macquarie Branches, I want to thank all the members who kindly donated to the NTEU Fighting Fund in the previous months.
As you would know, 150 NTEU members at UNSW and Macquarie University were stood down without pay in November 2010 for imposing bans on the transmission of student exam results. The bans were part of a protected industrial action campaign to achieve new and improved Enterprise Agreements, particularly around job security.
Donations from NTEU members contributed to the total fund of $170,000 and helped the Union to compensate those members who were stood down for the loss of income during this time.
As a result of the bans, we have seen a significant increase in staff engagement in our campaign, and management at UNSW management has had the first dialogue with the NTEU in over 6 months. While the bans were lifted at Macquarie University on 22 December and at UNSW on 20 January, our campaign to secure key conditions for our members at those institutions continues. Members at both institutions have made it very clear to their respective managements that they deserve the right to secure ongoing employment and that they are willing to fight hard to bring their employment conditions into line with every other university.
Nearly all other Australian public universities have achieved new Enterprise Agreements which guarantee competitive pay rises, job security, reductions in contract and casual employment and the restoration of employment standards stripped away by the Howard Government’s Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements (HEWRRs) and WorkChoices. Only UNSW and Macquarie have refused.
We will continue this campaign for as long as it takes to win back these conditions for these members also. Both the UNSW and Macquarie Branches have developed plans for their on-going campaigns during the first semester of 2011. Check the campaign web sites at www.unswstaff.org and www.mqstaff.org for further information.
Once again, thank you for your donation and your strong ongoing support for your colleagues at UNSW and Macquarie University.
Yours in solidarity,