The big enterprise bargaining issue at Uni Sydney is how many academics will do what sort of work
Management wants to change the number of staff working under the long in-place 40 (teaching), 40 (research) 20 (service) model.
VC Mark Scott signalled more staff needed to focus on teaching when he started (CMM August 10) and the issue keeps coming up in negotiations for a new workplace agreement, which started in August. Now the number of teaching-only positions that can be externally advertised is capped at 120 but management is said to want no restriction.
The university pitches this as providing staff with more work-choice but critics respond that management wants a bigger teaching workforce whose labours will fund a research elite.