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Over 150 UWS staff and students protested planned job and course cuts this morning. Their passion and dedication shows there is a high level of interest in keeping these courses and protecting staff jobs.Credit: Gary Warrick, Fairfax Media
The following media outlets have covered the story:
- The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/western-sydney-uni-staff-protest-over-cuts/story-fn3dxiwe-1226521093525
- ABC News: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-21/staff-to-protest-as-university-cuts-courses/4383664?section=nsw
- ABC 702: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/11/21/3637659.htm
- Parramatta Sun: http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/1136018/uws-students-angry-over-course-cutbacks/?cs=1245
- Yahoo!7: http://au.news.yahoo.com/nsw/latest/a/-/local/15432495/staff-to-protest-as-university-cuts-courses/
- Penrith Star: http://www.penrithstar.com.au/story/1136112/uni-cuts-alarm-students/?cs=1247
On June 04, 22 Academics and Emeriti sent an open letter to Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, the Chancellor of the University of Sydney. In it they protest the job cuts at the University of Sydney, reminding the Chancellor of the damage this process has done both to staff and to the reputation of the University. They say, '[m]orale in many departments is extremely low because staff members are aware that valued colleagues have been unfairly targeted. Everyone knows that these staff were fully “pulling their weight,” and that what happened to them could have happened to any academic staff member....'
Their letter begins like this:
We, the undersigned, senior academic staff members and emeriti, write to appeal for your urgent intervention to prevent injustice to the twenty-three colleagues who received redundancy notices on Monday 7 May.
We consider that a profoundly unfair process of retrenchment has been implemented, with arbitrary and inequitable impact, and with grave damage both to staff morale and to the University’s public and professional reputation. We think that some of this damage can be counteracted, and some injustice rectified, but urgent action is required to do this.
To read the rest of the letter, please download the PDF below.•
Here is the pdf of an article by Primrose Riordan about the redundancies at the University of Sydney. It was published in the Australian Financial Review on Wednesday, 09 May.•
The Redundancy Review Process
The University is currently issuing redundancy notices to staff identified through the change management process.
If you receive a Notice of Redundancy you should also receive a form that asks you to select one of three options:
- Accept the offer of Voluntary Redundancy
- Seek redeployment
- Seek a review of the redundancy decision
Clause 283 in the Enterprise Agreement entitles a staff member who receives a Notice of redundancy to seek a review of the decision. You will have four weeks to decide your preferred option; in most cases this will mean making an election by 1 June 2012.
The NTEU encourages you to seek a Review and we will provide members advocacy support through the•
The University of Sydney Senate meets next on Monday, May 07. This is also the day that University management will be issuing redundancy notices.
The NTEU will be joining USyd students in lobbying the Senate meeting and protesting the job cuts. There will be a short Rally in the Main Quad, followed by a march to the Senate meeting at the Darlington Centre.
Come along and let the Senate know that staff and students say No Job Cuts at Sydney Uni.
STAFF AND STUDENT RALLY AND MARCH
Where: Meet at the Main Quad, then march to the Senate meeting at the Darlington Centre
When: Monday, May 07
Time: 1 pm -•
On Wednesday, May 02 Polling Booths will be at Jane Foss Russell, outside Fisher and on Eastern Ave.
They will be open until 6 pm tonight.
On Tuesday, 01 May and Wednesday, 02 May the SRC and SUPRA are holding a ballot of all staff and students about the job cuts. The vote is an opportunity for the entire University community to ask whose interests Management represent, if not the interests of students and staff? Bring your friends, colleagues and encourage your students to cast a vote for fair work and a fair education.
Where: Booths will be at Jane Foss Russell, Fisher and Manning
When: Tuesday, 01 May and Wednesday, 02 May
Time: 8 am – 6 pm.
In order to vote you must bring along a current student or staff card.
If you have some time, and would like to help, the organisers are keen for people to help. Check out either the Nteu USyd or the Save Usyd Jobs profile pages on Facebook and sign up if you are interested.•
The NTEU has lodged our Interim Log of Claims, and last week we discussed with Management setting meetings to begin Enterprise Bargaining.
This log was endorsed at the NTEU Members Meeting on March 21, 2012. It is just the beginning of the campaign, and we encourage all members to contact us with any other issues they would like to see included in this round of Enterprise Bargaining.
We know too, that the Vice Chancellor and the Provost are holding work place meetings around Enterprise Bargaining. The NTEU is encouraging all members to attend these meetings and raise issues from this interim log. We especially encourage members to mention their opposition to the job cuts and to raise issues around job security and redundancy provisions.•