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To: Glyn Davis
Support staff taking industrial action at the University of Melbourne!
For over a year now, the University of Melbourne branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have been negotiating with the university over their working conditions, which will be enshrined in a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA). These negotiations have gone nowhere due to the unwillingness of university management to compromise, which has led the NTEU to pursue industrial action as an option to break the gridlock.
Students are going to be affected by the outcome of these negotiations whether we like it or not - potentially in very negative ways if the university gets what it wants. Because of this, the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) are calling on students at Melbourne Uni to show your support for staff taking industrial action!
Why is this important?
This is important because some of things the university want to do in the new EBA include:
- Removing current staff-to-student ratios, which will mean that there are more students in your classes and less chance for you to get the kind of support from your teachers that you need.
- Creating new forms of seasonal (read: casual) forms of employment, which will see yet more university staff put into insecure and precarious working conditions.
- Removing the current guarantee of academic freedom, which will make staff more uneasy about criticising the university and its policies - especially if they are on casual contracts.
Melbourne Uni students need to make sure that our teachers and staff get the conditions that they are entitled to. Sign this petition, and share with your friends!