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Urgent appeal for donations: UNSW and Macquarie Members Losing Christmas Pay

Posted 10 December 2010 by Grahame McCulloch (NTEU National Office)


Dear Friend,

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

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


Kind regards

Grahame McCulloch

NTEU General Secretary


  1. unsw student said on 14:43 Thursday 6 Jan, 2011

    [ -1 ] I am a UNSW student and you can get exemptions I dont give a rats that I dont have my mark who cares...were not the ones who are not getting paid. I too I am a mother of two and I am a full time student who commenced studying when all this industrial action started. Look get over it and just wait its a good lesson in patience ..once you get your marks you will be moaning about the next thing. Be patient and stop whinging think of all the unpaid lecuturers on strike that have no money:)

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  2. Adam said on 15:53 Thursday 30 Dec, 2010

    [ -1 ]

    There's a saying, if you can't do it, teach it....

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  3. boohoo said on 14:51 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ -3 ] and that includes the greedy nteu troublemakers

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  4. boohoo said on 14:50 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ -2 ] u guys all need to stop complaining

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  5. boohoo said on 14:46 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ -1 ] oh cry me a river, what r u complaining about? nteu will keep screwing up everyone's lives anyway cuz they dun care about anyone but themselves. at least u got ur results already so just shut up and enjoy christmas.

    luckier than other students who have been waiting a LOT longer than u and still probably won't get their results anytime soon.

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  6. maude flanders said on 13:15 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ -11 ] to steve, i wasn't rubbishing barry's kids at all, having a family of my own i sympathise with him. why don't u get ur facts right before u go around calling ppls "ars*holes" and telling to "*uck off"?

    as for telling me to "grow up", u should b telling that to urselves (so fcking touchy, what's wrong with u ppls) and the nteu for starting this whole fcking mess in the first place.

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  7. maude flanders said on 13:06 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ -9 ] before u idiots start crucifying me, why don't u read between the lines and see that i was actually SIDING with barry, u damn fools!!!

    uh no, i won't "*uck off" as some ppls have said. free speech, dipshits.

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  8. Scotty said on 9:47 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ +2 ] MQ Student: you are a suckholing little pimp. I bet you wear a purple hat.

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  9. Michelle said on 9:40 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ +12 ] Well, I don't have kids and I study full-time, but I would imagine it must be hard with kids and having to study. I dont think it is fair that MQ Student and maude make uninformed comments about people's lives...
    Merry Christmas.

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  10. Gabrielle said on 9:28 Friday 24 Dec, 2010

    [ +6 ] I'm a mother of two, and study part-time. I understand what people like Steve and Barry go through. To both MQ student and Maude, you are seriously idiots. Grow up!

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