INVITATION to members
Venue: Bella Union Bar
Date: Friday 8 March 2013
Time: 10.00am - 11.30am
Congratulations to CSU Branch on the amazing campaign they have run to enforce the workload provisions of their Enterprise Agreement. This comprehensive win will inspire other Branches in their workload campaigns.
At a conciliation hearing in Wagga with Commissioner Riordan last week, CSU management was forced to accede to NTEU demands on academic workloads. The conciliation was the culmination of meetings over several weeks since appearing before Senior Deputy President Drake. The parties agreed on a number of matters that had been the basis of the dispute.
In the end, CSU management agreed to all aspects of the NTEU case, with a recommendation from the Commissioner to provide a 6 week completion period for the 8 reviews with a progress report to him after 3 weeks. Members can nominate an alternative arrangement as well as workload reduction, such as extra conference or research or administrative assistance, equivalent to 2011 and 2012 over allocation.
CSU Branch fought against management disbelief and evasion about over-allocation by arguing for reviews in eight Schools where NTEU members had informed of overload. For these Schools and members, the Branch sought equivalent reduction in workload for overload in 2011 and 2012. Before the conciliation hearing, CSU management proposed to 'repay' overload staff up to a 10% maximum of annual teaching load (103 hours). The Branch rejected this.
Well done to all staff and members involved.
Some of the staff at the University of Sydney have organised a petition calling on the University Senate to intervene to protect jobs at the University.
The University of Sydney Senate meets next Monday. And it is the intention of the petition organisers, that the petition be presented to Senate Fellows for that meeting.
If you are concerned about the job cuts at Sydney University, if you think that they will negatively impact the student experience, increase workloads and threaten the University's reputation please sign the petition: Urge the University of Sydney Senate to Stop the "Change Plan" and Job Cuts
Feel free to circulate this petition through your networks and among the academic community generally.
The NTEU today launches a new website to support a long term campaign to improve funding for the University sector: www.investinuniversities.org.au
The “Invest in Australia’s Future, Invest in our Universities” campaign calls on the government to urgently increase student funding by 10% as recommended by the Bradley Review, and to commit to a longer term target of achieving 1% of GDP in line with the average OECD expenditure in this area.
As the campaign develops, this website will provide information about the issues facing the sector, and provide mechanisms for staff to get directly involved and for their voice to be heard.