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NTEU to strike for 48 hours

Nick Rowbotham updates you on the NTEU’s latest industrial action

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NTEU action on March 7 at the University of Sydney. Photo: Stella Ktenas
NTEU action on March 7 at the University of Sydney. Photo: Stella Ktenas

Members of the University of Sydney branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have voted almost unanimously in favour of a 48 hour strike on March 26 and 27.

According to branch President Michael Thomson, over 220 staff attended the NTEU’s members’ meeting last Thursday, with all but one voting for a 48 hour industrial action.

Picket lines will run from 7am on each of the two days, and there will be a rally at 4:30pm on the first day of the strike.

The 48 hour strike follows the Union’s 24 hour strike in Week One, and looks set to be part of an ongoing industrial action, given the intransigence of university administration in negotiating with the union.

“I hope we don’t need to take further industrial action,” said Thomson.

But he told Honi Soit that the NTEU will continue to take industrial action unless the University signs the Union’s Heads of Agreement document, which outlines the broad issues that the NTEU wants enshrined in the new Enterprise Agreement.

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