Dear University of Sydney staff colleagues,
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU NSW) has tried very hard to co-operate with the University throughout the current Enterprise Bargaining negotiations. You will be aware our members have not elected to take industrial action, and we have continued to attempt to conduct our negotiations in the very best faith at all times throughout the process so far. Our members have trusted the university will reciprocate our efforts.
Yet despite this, the university is now attempting to unilaterally shut down negotiations while many clauses from the Enterprise Agreement are still being discussed and formulated and the CPSU NSW still has outstanding claims which the university is obliged to consider.
Before staff consider the university’s position, we believe that, in the interests of balance, it is useful to consider the following information:
Finally, why is the university in such a hurry to conduct its very own plebiscite?
The CPSU NSW was not informed of this development – we learned about it from the all staff email sent this afternoon. The plebiscite opened today and concludes tomorrow. We believe this is to stop us from being able to adequately inform our members and other staff of the potential effect this will have on the in-principle agreements we have in place.
We also understand the university is in a hurry to conclude the bargaining process so it can once again resume its faculty-consolidation processes, which it put on hold across the Enterprise Bargaining period. These are processes that have already demonstrated outcomes, including redundancies and reduction of HEO levels for current staff (effectively demotions). In shutting down the negotiation process and going to all staff regarding the Enterprise Agreement, the university knows it can achieve a rapid resumption of these change processes if it gets the right results.
This will leave enterprise agreement negotiations incomplete and compromise staff working conditions.
The CPSU NSW has responded to the university’s bargaining efforts in good faith at every step.
All our members want is for the university to reciprocate this respect.
Please respond to the university’s plebiscite with a NO VOTE.
Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW, the Professional Staff Union.