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Uni of Wollongong staff threaten further strikes

Peter Schwab
12/10/2018

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