Recently the Vice Chancellor communicated to all staff at the University about the reasons he thinks his 2.9% pay offer is fair and reasonable. The NTEU has responded to the Vice Chancellor's email debunking his rationale for such a miserly offer.
The NTEU's 4% pay claim is about recognising the work, and workload, of staff and paying us for their efforts. The Vice Chancellor's pay offer is not reasonable because:
There will be an NTEU Members meeting on TUESDAY July 30 at 1 pm in Carslaw 375.
We will be discussing the upcoming Industrial Action, the Enterprise Bargaining campaign and the NTEU's National Day of Action on August 20.
This is an important meeting so please encourage your workmates to come along with you. We look forward to seeing you there.
These are the motions that were passed at the members meeting on Wednesday 26 June.
1. That this meeting of NTEU members rejects the University Management's salary offer of 2.9% per annum from July 2013
2. That this meeting of NTEU members notes that CPI is not an accurate reflection of cost of living.
3. That this meeting of NTEU members calls a 48 hour strike in the second week of second semester, Tuesday 06 and Wednesday 07 August, if the University Management still has not made an
reasonable salary offer.
4. That this meeting of NTEU members:
- Calls a 24 hour strike for Open Day, Saturday 31 August;
- Organises Union and Community pickets for Open Day, Saturday 31 August; and
- Calls a Community Rally for Open Day 12 noon Saturday 31 August
The next NTEU Members' Meeting is on Wednesday, June 26 in GENERAL LECTURE THEATRE (Main Quad)*, from 1 pm. We will be discussing the enterprise bargaining campaign and building for the rally outside the next University Senate meeting in Monday July 01.
Those members who taken five days of industrial action so far this year may be eligible to access the NTEU's Industrial Defense Fund. In order to make a claim please follow the instructions below.
At the NTEU Sydney University Branch Committee Meeting of May 24, 2013, the following motion condemning police violence on picketlines was passed.
The University of Sydney branch of the NTEU deplores the violence carried out by New South Wales police on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 against NTEU members and students who were peacefully picketing for a fair Enterprise Agreement at the University of Sydney.
The pickets were part of industrial action being undertaken by the NTEU that has been authorised as protected through a secret ballot of all NTEU members conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission under the terms of industrial law in Australia.
At all times, NTEU picket lines have adhered to the protocols discussed with police and campus security.
In using violence against NTEU pickets, the New South Wales police are interfering with and undermining the right to take industrial action.
The University of Sydney branch of the NTEU also condemns the University of Sydney management’s authorisation of this violence. Campus security staff liaised closely with police about their strategies towards picketers, and public statements by Vice Chancellor Spence give implicit endorsement to the police violence.
Such authorisation of police violence against legitimate industrial action runs contrary to the value of intellectual freedom which should be at the core of the University. Unfortunately, it is in keeping with the University of Sydney management’s broader attempts to silence and intimidate staff from expressing dissent in public. These attempts include earlier proposals to remove intellectual freedom provisions from the enterprise agreement, and, during the ‘no-job-cuts campaign, of 2011-2012, threats to charge those participating in peaceful protests outside University Senate with engaging in unprotected industrial action.
We call on the University of Sydney management to condemn publicly the police violence against the NTEU pickets, and to communicate to the New South Wales police that such violence is not acceptable against any future NTEU picket lines at the University of Sydney.