Members of the NTEU at the University of Queensland voted to step up their Enterprise Bargaining campaign with a set of actions culminating in a 24 hour strike in the second week of semester.
The meeting voted unanimously for a campaign of rolling industrial action, including selective bans on email, attending university events, overtime and after-hours work, and a strike on 11 March.
“We took action at the end of last year and seemed to be making some progress. We’ve come back to the table and we’re worried we might be spinning our wheels,” said Andrew Bonnell, the NTEU UQ Branch President.
“UQ, which prides itself on being in the world’s top 100, has little to boast about when it comes to salaries, where it trails all the other Group of 8 Universities. Moreover its performance on other indicators important to our members, such as rates of Indigenous employment, is miserably low.”
“UQ is in the top three unis in the country on most indicators but 23rd on pay. Student numbers have risen by 20% over 5 years with no increase in teaching staff. Around 50% of undergraduate teaching is now done by casuals paid by the hour.”
“More negotiations are scheduled between now and the strike, so hopefully we will see some progress and avert the need for action. We are striking in the second week so we can explain to students why we are taking action, and get them on board.”