***STOP PRESS*** Stop Work from 12:30pm on Tuesday 19 November 2013 in the Great Court at the University of Qld ***STOP PRESS***
Members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) voted unanimously yesterday for further industrial action at the University of Queensland (UQ).
From today NTEU members will be displaying messages in their workplaces and email signatures in support of their enterprise bargaining campaign. From next Monday 4 November there will be bans on overtime, bans on working nights and weekends, bans on unpaid work, bans on collecting statistics for the University and bans on School and Faculty meetings.
NTEU UQ Branch President Andrew Bonnell stated that progress in negotiations has been too slow. “Management has refused to engage in any meaningful way on any of our key claims,” said Associate Professor Bonnell. “We have been bargaining for almost twelve months and have little, if anything, to show for it,” he added.
NTEU UQ enterprise Bargaining Team Member, Dr Dave Callaghan said, “It’s like banging your head against a brick wall. We go in, they say ‘no’ and we leave. This is not what I thought enterprise bargaining would be like!” Dr Callaghan, who refused to give a lecture last Friday as part of the industrial action, added “My students completely understood why I was taking this action. They want their lecturers treated with respect, not disdain.”
Debra McKenzie, a Senior Admin Officer said, “UQ is ranked third in most university rankings, but professional staff salaries rank 23rd in the sector. That doesn’t seem right to me!”
Further industrial action, including strikes, are planned for the week beginning the 11th of November.
Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, NTEU UQ
Branch President: 0400 373 457.
Margaret Lee, NTEU Queensland Division Secretary: 0407 646 419.
Michael McNally, NTEU Industrial Officer: 0423 538 721.
Media Release: Staff Vote for Industrial Action at University of QLD
Posted 30 October 2013 by Michael Evans (NTEU National Office)