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  1. Life Membership for NTEU Foundation President, Di Zetlin (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Di Zetlin was one of the founding figures of the NTEU, and was the foundation President of the Union. Before that, she was a leading figure in the NTEU’s predecessor union the Federation of Australian University Staff Associations (FAUSA) and a pioneer of modern university staff unionism.

    In addition to being a leading figure in unions in the higher education sector, Di had a long and remarkable involvement with the Left and the labour movement more widely from the late 1960s on, including the peace movement (working for the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation) and civil rights movement (from contacts with the Black Panther movement in the US to the Black Movement in Queensland under the Bjelke-Petersen

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  2. National Council 2016: Every member counts (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    NTEU’s annual National Council meeting included many new faces, as following recent elections 35 new Councillors joined 98 re-elected delegates to participate in the three day conference.

    The major focus of the meeting was upon building a recruitment culture, which is particularly timely in view of the looming round of university enterprise bargaining, which is already well underway in Western Australia and started at several other sites around the

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  3. South Africa: Fees must fall (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Dr Richard Hamilton, University of Notre Dame Australia

    The current South African student protests are the biggest mobilisations of students since the end of apartheid. The ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests are of such magnitude that they could close down the higher education

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  4. Turkish education sector purged (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    In early September 2016, more than forty Turkish academics were deemed ‘supporters of terrorism’, dismissed and banned from service along with thousands of other education sector workers. 

    Dismissed under the state of emergency, they will neither be able to appeal the decision nor ever work again in the public sector. Their passports have also been

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  5. #MakeThe Pledge: Rosie Batty endorses NTEU campaign for Domestic & Family Violence Leave for Casuals (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Amelia Sully, Eleanor Kennedy, Jo Taylor & Bel Townsend, Victorian Casuals Council

    The #MakeThePledge campaign, launched on 18 August this year, calls on Victorian vice-chancellors to extend their domestic and family violence leave provisions to casual staff.

    A key issue facing the increasing proportion of casual employees in universities is the exclusion from the increasing paid leave entitlements, which are available to permanent staff, but are not covered by the casual loading stipulated in Enterprise Agreements. This campaign also recognises the gendered nature of both casualisation and domestic

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  6. Anna Stewart Program brings union women together (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Barb Williams, Qld State Organiser & Bec Muratore, Melb Branch Organiser

    Designed to encourage more women to be present and active in unions, the Anna Stewart Memorial Project is a two week long internship program consisting of two days each week at Trades Hall, with the remaining time in a union of

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  7. ACTU Taskforces benefit from academic input (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Jeannie Rea, National President

    The decline in sheer numbers of union members, as well as density amongst workers, is a crisis. The consequences are that, in poorly unionised areas decent remuneration, employment and working conditions are

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  8. Aggressive tactics employed against NTEU in bargaining (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    Round 7 bargaining continues to unfold, predominantly in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. The management agenda in WA, and in Queensland at Griffith and James Cook University (JCU) in particular, is a regressive one, paired with an aggressive approach. At Murdoch University, management has engaged union-busting lawyers to break the NTEU, and is engaging itself in a highly legalistic field battle. 

    Nonetheless, our bargainers persist undaunted, with a successful protected action ballot now under our

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  9. The F Word (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Davina Taylor, CQUniversity

    The NTEU focus on feminism through Bluestocking Week and Agenda, drew much popular feedback, including leading Davina Taylor to reflect upon feminist legacy of Jean Beadle.

    I am many things to many people – mother, wife, daughter, academic, welfare worker. I am also a feminist and union member. I am dismayed to have others question my choice to describe myself as a feminist and

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  10. Women, careers and universities. Where to from here? (Advocate 23 03)

    Posted 10 November 2016 by Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office)

    By Professor Emeritus Glenda Strachan, Griffith University

    Don’t we know all there is about gender and equality in university employment? Aren’t women the majority of staff? The answer to this last question is Yes, women are the majority of university employees. But the answer to the first question is No. And these issues of gender and equality are particularly important as universities change their employment models. In a changing system, equalities – or inequalities – can change – and we need to be aware of

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