At Uni Sydney union members are out again

But it’s not to commemorate the first anniversary of the beginning of bargaining

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is on strike today.

It’s the fourth day of industrial action since May, over enterprise bargaining negotiations, which started in August, not this one, August 2021.

The union says there will be another, on Open Day Saturday, August 27, “if progress isn’t made in negotiations with management.”

The union nominates, “exploitative casualisation,” job security and “a pay rise above inflation” as among core issues.

The NTEU also mentions “preservation of academics’ right to conduct research.” This relates to management wanting to change the number of academic staff on the long established 40-40-20 teaching, research-service workload allocation a live issue even older than this bargaining round (CMM November 15 2021).