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  1. Open Letter to the Vice Chancellor Regarding the Pay Claim

    Posted 31 July 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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:

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  2. NTEU Members Meeting: TUESDAY, July 30.

    Posted 23 July 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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.

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  3. Motion Passed at Members Meeting - June 26, 2013

    Posted 28 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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

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  4. UPDATED: NTEU Members Meeting - Wednesday, June 26.

    Posted 19 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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.

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  5. Enterprise Bargaining Update

    Posted 14 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    Enterprise bargaining resumed on Thursday 13 June with a 3.5 hour meeting.

    During the course of that meeting, we established the areas on which we still have not reached agreement. These include: management's desire to 'streamline' performance improvement and unsatisfactory performance processes; the NTEU's superannuation claim; the amount to be allocated to the General Staff Development Fund; the processes, procedures and amount of leave available to victims of domestic violence (management still wants processes and procedures outside of the Agreement in policy); and the amount of leave for parents.

    Towards the end of these discussions, management revealed their revised salary offer of 2.9% per annum. Apparently management arrived at this figure by looking at the inflation rate for Sydney (2.8%), and adding 0.1% to that figure.


    While management asserted that this is all the university can afford in the current climate, we strongly disagree. Staff salaries should be a budget priority for the University -- we are the people who hold this place together in tough times with our hard work and commitment.


    Management also asserted that because they had withdrawn many of their proposed cuts to staff conditions, staff would be happy to accept what is effectively a wage freeze. Again, we strongly disagree. As discussed at our last members' meeting, we have taken into account the current financial situation and have modified our original wage demand in order to secure a first rate enterprise agreement. But a wage 'increase' of 0.1% is an insult, consider the following:

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  6. UPDATED: Instructions for Accessing NTEU Industrial Defense Fund

    Posted 14 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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.

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  7. USyd Casuals Network Mark In

    Posted 14 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    Job vacancy: $15/ hour, little support, few resources, no security

    Are you looking for work that looks highly-paid and flexible, but is actually low hourly rates hidden behind unrealistic workloads and abysmal annual wages disguised by inconsistency of contracts? Then Sydney University is the place for you!

    Here at Sydney University, casual academics are paid to mark 4,500 words per hour. All tutors know that this is unrealistic. In real terms, this means casual tutors receive around $15 per hour. This is just one of the many ways unrealistic workloads disguise underpayment of casual academics, and demonstrates why a wage increase that at least keeps pace with inflation is crucial.

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  8. NTEU Members Meeting

    Posted 13 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    The next NTEU Members' Meeting is on Wednesday, June 19 in Carslaw 173 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 at 3.30.

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  9. Branch Committee Motion - Condeming Police Violence at Picket Lines

    Posted 4 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    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.

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  10. Strike And Picket - June 05

    Posted 3 June 2013 by Kate Barnsley (University of Sydney)

    NTEU Members at the University of Sydney will be on strike for 24 hours on Wednesday, June 05.

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