Staff are demanding renumeration for six years of unpaid marking and administration work.
The WSU NTEU President said that staff have no choice but to move to industrial action.
“Once again the University's response appears very much to be 'why pay your staff correctly when legally you can get away with underpaying them?'”
In an administrative oversight, at least one staff member was sent the email despite having already been offered a conversion.
Staff have raised concerns the data will be used to rank academics and justify course cuts.
USyd is now the sixth university in New South Wales to have agreed to the NTEU’s demands.
Management did not initially respond to staff's concerns.
Many say that fewer staff could be doing research, given that it draws in less money than teaching activities.
Staff are likely to strike for an end to forced redundancies and casualisation.
Casuals raise concerns about wage theft at the University of Sydney