Staff at the University of Sydney will be on strike on June 5 to protest against continuing attacks on working conditions and to secure a fair collective work agreement. Previous strike action has secured an impressive series of wins but some core issues remain unresolved. We've been able to reinstate the commitments to intellectual freedom and anti-discrimination that management wanted to remove, introduce a progressive target for Indigenous employment, restore the quantified proportion of research in academic workloads, and, with the introduction of Scholarly Teaching Fellow and Early Career Development positions, put limits on the increasing trend to make insecure casual employment the default at the University.
But, as this video explains, there is still more to do if we are to protect our jobs and the quality of students' education. We need to go on strike on June 5 to
- secure fair and transparent processes for major changes to employment arrangements
- guarantee the retention of independent review committees
- guarantee the union's ability to have a presence on campus
- ensure management commits to a General Staff Development fund
- protect our existing leave provisions
- place caps on fixed term employment
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