Here are some resources that you can use to talk about the strike with students. These include a powerpoint presentation, a letter for ongoing staff and a letter for casual staff (both editable and PDF versions).
We have also provided a suggested Out of Office autoreply that you might wish to use on strike day.•
Following the success of our protected industrial action ballot, members met to vote on taking industrial action. On Wednesday, February 27, Sydney University NTEU members passed a motion to strike for twenty-four hours on Thursday March 07.
This is the motion that was passed:•
This is a reminder that there is a Members' Meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday February 27, at 1 pm in Carslaw 159. Members voted YES overwhelmingly in the protected industrial action ballot, and now it is a chance for members to vote on whether we take industrial action in week 1 of semester.
Member's Meeting - Vote for Industrial Action.
When: TOMORROW - Wednesday, February 27
Where: Carslaw 159
In this video, Laura Wilson, NTEU Member and member of the Bargaining Team, talks about the NTEU's General Staff Development Claim. And, the importance of a fair, accountable and transparent system to help provide General Staff at the University of Sydney with opportunities for career development.
General Staff Development Claim•
Only a year after the No Job Cuts campaign and management's attempts to make academics across the University redundant, management is now proposing to water down the Managing Change provisions in the Current Enterprise Agreement. They are hoping to make it easier for them to get rid of staff.
Michael Thomson, President of the NTEU talks about why management's proposed changes to the Managing Change Provisions in the Enterprise Agreement are not good for staff.
Managing Change Claim•
The NTEU Sydney University Protected Industrial Action Ballot opened on Friday, February 01. Ballot papers have been mailed out to members' home addresses and you should receive yours on Monday or Tuesday this week.
Don't forget to Vote! If you need a reason, here are 10 of them.•
While NTEU Members are working towards achieving an Enterprise Agreement that is fair and good for staff, students and the University community, management appears to have quite a different agenda. Below are some of their proposed changes, which include significant rollbacks to conditions we have already fought for and won.
1. MANAGING CHANGE
• Reduction in the obligations for managers to consult with staff about workplace change.
• Removal of processes that require managers to produce formal change documents.
2. REVIEWS COMMITTEES
• Abolition of ALL review committees from the Enterprise Agreement including those that deal with unsatisfactory performance, misconduct and redundancy.
• Abolition of ALL commitments to prevent and eliminate discriminatory employment practices.
4. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
• Abolition of ALL Intellectual Freedom protections from the Enterprise Agreement including staff rights to participate in and criticise the governance of the University free from harassment, vilification and•
As a result of University Management failing to engage with the NTEU at the bargaining table, members voted to take the first steps towards Industrial Action. Following your decision at the last meetings, the NTEU made an application in Fair Work Australia to hold an Industrial Action ballot. Fair Work Australia has approved the NTEU's application for a protected Industrial Action ballot. The ballot is organised by the Australian Electoral Commission and ballot papers will be sent to members at home. This will give us the option to take industrial action as teaching starts. Members' meetings will determine any action we take. The ballot will open this Friday, February 01 and close at 10 am on Friday, February 15.
If the AEC does not receive your paper by the close of the election, it will not count. So make sure you vote early. We need more than 50% of members to vote in the ballot.
It is important you vote and that you encourage all NTEU members to vote.•
Members' Meeting - Industrial Action Ballot: Getting the Vote Out!
When: Wednesday, January 30
Where: Carslaw 175
Time: 1 pm