Hundreds picket UTS as part of strike

Gavin Stanbrook Hundreds of National Tertiary and Education Union members at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) were out on strike on 19 October. The 24-hour industrial action was a response to management’s refusal to concede on key demands in enterprise bargaining, specifically related to job secu...CONTINUE READING

Bupa aged care workers take action over wages and workload

Peter Carter Aged care nurses and personal carers at one of the country’s most profitable aged care providers are taking action for improved wages and conditions. Bupa workers across the health industry giant’s 26 Victorian aged care centres have been fighting for a new enterprise agreement since 2016....CONTINUE READING

‘Ensuring Integrity’ bill is a serious attack on union democracy

Liz Ross “One of the most ambitious industrial relations agendas that the country has ever seen”, boasted employment minister Michaelia Cash about the latest round of government-driven class warfare. The latest changes – set out in the ideologically named Ensuring Integrity bill – are intended to b...CONTINUE READING

Sydney Uni admits confiscating union material

Alma Torlakovic Sydney University security guards have been caught confiscating union material from staff members’ offices and desks two days after the National Tertiary and Education Union agreed to wind up its industrial campaign for a new enterprise agreement. Staff were shocked after arriving at work...CONTINUE READING

UTS votes to strike

Gavin Stanbrook A meeting of more than 100 National Tertiary Education Union members at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has unanimously voted for a 24-hour strike on 19 October. The vote was taken during a stop-work meeting and rally to demand that management accept the union’s bargaining claims...CONTINUE READING

The war on uni employees hits Victoria University

Liam Ward Management at Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne’s western suburbs have taken the gloves off in their drawn-out effort to slash jobs, cut costs and smash the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). With the current enterprise agreement set to expire in December, the university has ann...CONTINUE READING

Bunnings bans equality badges

SDA member “We don’t take a side on political issues” and “That’s not how we do things here” or “We don’t want to alienate people”. These were a few of the reasons given to Bunnings employees proudly wearing “yes” badges when the demand to remove them was made by management. Staff members at one outl...CONTINUE READING

Workers lose fight to save help line

Simone White If you don’t fight, you lose. That was the position adopted by Australian Services Union members at Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia when we decided to fight Medibank and the federal Liberal government. Twelve months ago we learnt that Medibank – a health insurance giant – was...CONTINUE READING

Successful industrial campaign wound up at Sydney Uni

Alma Torlakovic On a fairly bleak bargaining landscape, the campaign at Sydney University has again been a bright spot for the tertiary education union. In August, NTEU members at the University of Sydney started a successful campaign of industrial action to fight management attacks. A strike and protest...CONTINUE READING