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Uni of Wollongong staff threaten further strikes

Peter Schwab

University of Wollongong (UOW) professional and academic staff are threatening to escalate their industrial campaign in support of job security and pay demands, with a proposed stop work on October 23 to go to a vote next Wednesday.

It follows a two-hour stoppage last Wednesday (October 17) and a protest rally on the uni grounds.

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) says staff have yet to get a pay offer from the uni despite nine months of enterprise agreement talks.

A key sticking point is the workers’ demand for more permanent positions at the uni, with the union claiming 76% of staff are either casuals or on fixed term contracts.

In a statement, UOW said it looked forward to continuing to engage in genuine, good faith bargaining.

“The university remains committed to working towards achieving enterprise agreements that ensure the University is a viable and sustainable organisation into the future; promote inclusive and equitable work practices; and provide supportive and flexible career pathways for staff,” the statement said.

The uni did not respond to the union’s claim management misled staff about their rights in a communication posted on the UOW staff intranet on Oct 4 that directed staff to notify management of their intention to take industrial action.

The union claimed this was against the requirements of the Fair Work Act.

People Mentioned:ki
Organisations Mentioned:NTEU; National Tertiary Education Union; University of Wollongong; ith; next; trial; security; ho; Act; port; Fair Work
Topic: Workforce NSW
Reference No: 181012CA-3424