Urgent appeal for donations: UNSW and Macquarie Members Losing Christmas Pay
AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM GRAHAME MCCULLOCH, NTEU GENERAL SECRETARY
The 150 NTEU members imposing industrial bans at UNSW and Macquarie University need your urgent financial support. Since late November, the managements at both universities have progressively stood down your NTEU colleagues. These colleagues have offered to perform the overwhelming majority of their duties, and management is free to pay them for these duties. Instead, management has punished them by refusing to pay any salary at all.
Many of the members involved in this dispute have not received pay for nearly three weeks and could suffer continuing income losses of many thousands of dollars over the Christmas and New Year period.
You can directly hear from these colleagues in a video at http://www.youtube.com/user/NSWNTEU
Members Given No Choice
Despite two years of intense discussions, both managements have point blank refused to reach a negotiated settlement. Consequently, NTEU members have been forced to take industrial action to gain new Enterprise Agreements with better job security and the restoration of conditions and entitlements stripped away by the Howard Government.
NTEU members at other universities across Australia have already achieved new Enterprise Agreements, and it is only the UNSW and Macquarie managements who are refusing to provide the job security and employment conditions necessary to maintain quality teaching, research and student services. This refusal is an insult to the professional standing of our colleagues at Macquarie and UNSW.
Please Donate to the Fighting Fund Now
Our brave UNSW and Macquarie colleagues’ fight is your fight as well. Maintaining high quality employment standards across all universities depends on collective support.
Financially protecting these members requires several hundred thousand dollars, and they need your direct financial support. Many people have already contributed but we urgently need more support.
Donate at http://www.nteu.org.au/fighting_fund
NTEU General Secretary