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Happy May Day—join us on Sunday to highlight union achievements and protest cuts to university fundingHappy May Day to all NTEU members! May Day is a celebration of the achievements and continuing struggles of the Union movement. On this day, and in the days following, Unionists from all sectors will come together to show solidarity with each other and the campaigns we’re involved in.
For the NTEU, this means working with other unionists to highlight our Uni Cuts, Dumb Cuts campaign.
As you know, NTEU is campaigning vigorously against cuts to university funding announced by the federal government. Today, full-page advertisements have appeared in major newspapers signed by over 1000 university professors and associate professors supporting our campaign.
In NSW, NTEU has been working with the broader movement to revitalise May Day and emphasise the important role unions play in the community. It has also been a fantastic opportunity for us to discuss university funding with our colleagues from other unions.
We’d like to invite all NTEU members to join us at the Sydney May Day rally on Sunday.
We’ll be meeting at the top of Martin Place, under the NTEU flags, at 11.15. At 11.30 we will join everyone outside Parliament House, and take part in the March at 12 noon.
This is an opportunity to have a fun day in the city with your family, support the NTEU funding cuts campaign, and show solidarity with other unions whose support we will need in the coming period.
NSW Teachers Federation statement on cuts to university funding:
"The NSW Teachers Federation believes that the Gonski schools funding reform is long overdue and should be supported. However, cutting funding to public universities is unacceptable. We call upon the Federal Government to immediately reverse this decision.
"All levels of public education, from pre-school to tertiary, deserve additional, not less, government funding."
Improvements to funding and equity for primary and secondary school education are essential. These should not be achieved by slashing the resources available for a quality university education.
After the Government stripped $1 billion out of universities in the mid-year economic statement, the first major statement of the new Higher Education Minister Craig Emerson was to make a further $2.3 billion cuts to the sector. Around $1.3 billion of this will be borne by students – with the rest to come from an “efficiency dividend” of 2 per cent on payments to universities.
Let us be very clear: this $900 million reduction is not an “efficiency dividend”. The federal government is not our shareholder and our institutions do not have profits to distribute to them or anyone else. This change is a cut to university core funding.
It is the day after the 48-hour strike at Sydney University and I’m reflecting on the strength and passion of NTEU members.
We care deeply about the future of the higher education sector. This is why addressing insecure employment is a key claim for NTEU members in this round of bargaining.
It is also why the decision to take industrial action is never made lightly. Only after careful consideration—and following very poor response from management—do we take action.
I want to share with you an inspiring video made by Sydney University staff, so you can hear first hand why they decided to take action to protect the university.
Dear Michael - An open letter to the Vice Chancellor
This campaign is not just about Sydney University—these are issues we are facing right across the sector.
Because of this, I’m asking you to share this video with your friends, colleagues and networks. Help us distribute this very clear message: As staff, we are the people building universities for the 21st century—in practice as well as in imagination.
You can view this video, and the open letters they are based on, on our Sydney University Branch website.
From the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Assocation:
The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives' Association sends its support to your members at Sydney University in their struggle for a just and fair bargaining outcome.
As Nurses and Midwives, our members understand that without the highest quality education we cannot deliver the world class health services that Australians deserve.
Support has been coming in from around the country for Sydney University staff in their campaign to stop significant rollbacks to conditions and to advance claims designed to address important issues facing many of us in the sector, including reducing casualisation and improving job security.
From the New South Wales Teachers Federation:
Greetings of solidarity from the NSW Teachers Federation.
We stand with you in your struggle for salary justice. We support your campaign for fair and decent salaries and condition.
We condemn the University management’s continued delay in the bargaining process, and call on management to negotiate in good faith to secure a fair enterprise agreement.
We congratulate the members for your strong and united action.
NSW Teachers Federation
Justine is an NTEU member at Macquarie University who took up the invitation to union members to participate in the NTEU sponsored Sydney Alliance training in May last year.
Sydney Alliance is a coalition of civil society groups wishing to make positive change in our community. The training provides skills development in community activism, and was attended by a broad range of community representatives, including members of unions, non-government organisations and religious groups.
After attending a further planning meeting held at the NTEU office, Justine joined the core team of Sydney Alliance activists in the East and Inner South of Sydney, planning to develop and launch a local group of community campaigners. The group goal is to plan a community campaign, and to win it within a year.