To the barricades (briefly but often) at Uni Newcastle

The local NTEU announces time-specific industrial action

National Tertiary Education Union members will stop work for ten minute every hour throughout May, “or until university management makes sufficient progress in enterprise bargaining.”

The union nominates, “secure jobs, safe workloads and fair pay” as big issues and says the ten minute timing is to “minimise disruption for students.”

Branch president Terence Summers adds management is “refusing to budge” and “people are fed up.”

Negotiations certainly have taken a while – starting in mid-September 2021. University management tried to move things along in December – putting an offer to all staff, which the NTEU opposed.

The no vote was a thumping 75 per cent of the turnout.