University union staff to strike

MEMBERS of the National Tertiary Education Union at Southern Cross University voted on Friday in favour of a 24-hour strike this Wednesday as part of a national day of action.

The strike will involve academic and general staff across all Southern Cross University campuses.

Members also voted to support rolling two-hour stoppages and a ban on the submission of students' grades.

SCU union branch president Jenny Austin said the union was hoping that the industrial action would focus the minds of management on the concerns raised by the NTEU in bargaining meetings.

“The union has been seeking significant improvements to working conditions for staff at SCU, through negotiations with management in pursuit of a new Collective Workplace Agreement, for over 12 months,” Ms Austin said.

“The NTEU has specifically sought the regulation of workloads for both academic and general staff, improved job security, appropriate remuneration for the range of duties performed by casual staff, and the reinstatement of provisions lost to policy in the previous bargaining round, particularly detailed procedures that will ensure the university follows fair processes when dealing with its staff.”

The university was refusing to agree to the National Tertiary Education Union's demands, Ms Austin said.

“We feel this indicates a total lack of respect for their workforce, and a lack of faith in the proper application of their own policy processes.

“The feeling amongst university workers about these issues is very strong and university management would be making a big mistake if they doubt our resolve to improve the situation at Southern Cross University for all who work and study here.”

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