Members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) at the University of Newcastle will be on strike for tomorrow, 1 June, in support of their long running enterprise bargaining campaign.
University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky informed staff last week the University had requested that the Fair Work Commission intervene in negotiations.
NTEU members have voted to strike for 24 hours tomorrow. They demand management make a better offer in order to achieve a fair deal for all staff.
University of Newcastle NTEU Branch President, Terry Summers said: “We’re more than happy to negotiate to get a fair deal for our members and UON staff.”
“As the Vice Chancellor knows, though, NTEU members, staff, and the community expect more than what the university is offering”.
“The strike tomorrow will show the Vice Chancellor that NTEU members are absolutely committed to our claims for secure jobs, safe workloads and improvements for our casually employed colleagues.”
The NTEU strike will take place Thursday, 1 June, with union members meeting 10:30am at Civic Park and marching to NUSpace, Hunter St &, Auckland St, Newcastle, for a 12pm rally.
Next week, negotiations between the union and university management will continue, facilitated by Fair Work Commission Deputy President Saunders.
The National Tertiary Education Union covers all employees of universities, including general staff such as librarians, gardeners, technical specialists and administrative staff, as well as academics.
Terry Summers, NTEU UON Branch President 0448 044 937