For whom the tocsin tolls

Morning VC Scott. At Uni Sydney, the National Tertiary Education Union is contemplating an all-staff ballot on industrial action, as per the Fair Work Act process.

Enterprise bargaining is underway and stop-works, or even a strike, would illuminate disputes on campus. Issues upsetting activists include the university’s wish for more teaching-only academic staff and (outside bargaining) the proposed reorganisation of HASS departments into “discipline groups.”

Members will likely decide to go hard, given they have just chosen a new branch president, Nick Riemer, who says “this is the highest-stakes enterprise bargaining round we have seen at the university. Management are making a frontal attack on academic workload and we are demanding improvements in job security …It’s vital for us to prevent management’s vision of the university from becoming a reality.”