NTEU Media Centre | 19 February 2013
National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members at the University of Sydney have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over their claims for a new Enterprise Agreement. With over 1000 NTEU members participating in the ballot for protected industrial action, more than 900 voted in support of one hour and twenty four hour stoppages and almost 800 members voted for indefinite stoppages.
Michael Thomson, NTEU Branch President , said that the ballot shows how angry University staff are at the university management’s arrogance and lack of real engagement with the enterprise bargaining process.
University of Sydney management is offering less job security and wants to reduce sick leave entitlements and cut academic workload provisions. Management is refusing to limit the numbers of academic casuals and is trying to wind back provisions for fixed-term staff to convert to ongoing positions. Staff are still bruised from last year’s job cuts and are angry at the lack of progress with the enterprise bargaining negotiations. Enough is enough.