Activist challenge in UniSydney union election

Union members at the University of Sydney have a choice in the branch election underway, between candidates from the left and the leftier left. While National Tertiary Education Union branch president Kurt Iveson is unopposed there are contests for other union executive positions. The challenge comes from the Union Action ticket of activists who want to see more grass-roots action and think the established leadership of theMembers Together team, has a style that is too top-down. The distinction was well made last year when the NTEU branch negotiators struck an enterprise agreement with management, after a long argument, only to face a revolt from within the leadership group. The die-harders said the deal was not good enough for casual staff and that industrial action should continue.  The debate was divisive enough for a member meeting splitting 300 in favour to 140 against approving the deal (CMM September 22 2017)


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