University of Sydney
On Tuesday August 20, NTEU Members stood together for their 6th day of industrial action reiterating their demands for a fair wage offer and a better agreement.
One of the NTEU's activists shot footage on the picket lines and made these two videos. The first is about the campaign and how important it is. The second is about the importance of a fair wage offer, and why management's offer of 2.9% is neither a pay rise nor fair to staff.
The videos are available below.
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Staff at the University of Sydney are taking the extraordinary measure of striking tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) on the university’s Open Day. It’s the 7th day of strike action since March over stalled collective agreement negotiations.
University staff will gather at the main gates on campus to explain to prospective students – and their families – the reasons for their collective bargaining campaign and how deteriorating staff working conditions will affect the quality of education and the conditions of learning.
NTEU Branch President Michael Thomson said it was a serious issue but the union action at Open Day would also be fun and informative, with barbeques, balloons, and music laid
Frequently Asked Questions: Open Day Strike and Picket
- Why are NTEU members going on strike on Open Day?
Management’s current pay offer to staff is a real wage cut of 0.5 per cent a year. It is part of a concerted effort by Vice Chancellors across the country to force down the wages of staff in the higher education sector, even as they ask us to work harder for longer.
At Sydney, student load increased by more than 5 per cent in 2012 alone, yet staff numbers have remained unchanged. Management simply expects us to meet increased demand through increases in our workload and work intensification.
Management’s claim that anything more than their offer is unaffordable is an attempt to suggest staff are being greedy. However, our pay claim aligns closely with community standards and expectations. Figures released by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show national system public sector employees received average enterprise agreement wage increases of 3.9% a year in the March quarter 2013. Across the whole national system, wages in enterprise agreements increased 3.7%.
We deserve a fair pay rise that recognises both our hard work and broader community wage outcomes.
The following motions were passed at today's NTEU members meeting.
1) This meeting of NTEU members endorses the Open Day Picket protocols and calls a members meeting for Wednesday 11 September.
2) This meeting of NTEU members committs to further industrial action in the immediate weeks and considers ballotting for additional industrial action, unless management meets the union's pay claim of 4%.
As the branch prepares for action on Open Day, Saturday August 31, the membership has endorsed a revised picket line protocol. The protocols reflect that the action on Open Day will be different from that taken on ordinary work days, and emphasises that the NTEU's primary goal on Open Day is to inform prospective students and their parents about our ongoing industrial dispute and the ways that attacks on staff working conditions will affect their learning conditions.
You can download the protocols below.
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