NTEU Fightback want to build an activist union: A union that fights for a real pay rise, not just crumbs. A union that fights for social justice issues including First Nations and disability rights. A union that fights for casual rights, including an end to wage theft, pay for all hours worked and real conversion rights. And a union that fights for job security, to protect the 40-40-20 teaching research nexus, and for manageable workloads.
With inflation already above 6% and continuing to rise, staff wages are falling in real terms. Given that USYD's 2021 surplus was over $1 billion, we know there's plenty of money for the real and substantial pay rise that staff deserve. Fightback initially fought for and remain committed to a CPI + 2.5% pay claim.
Fightback activists were central to campaigning for the semester 1 48-hour strike and the follow-up strike specifically focused on EBA claims relating to First Nations staff.
We think it's important that members are kept up to date with how bargaining is progressing in the current EBA period. See below for our bargaining update chart.
Fightback candidates are running for positions at the University of Sydney branch, on National Council, and as part of the NSW division.
Our candidates are:
A vote for Fightback is a vote for real action:
Every candidate running with NTEU Fightback is already actively involved in grassroots union organising. Across the country, NTEU Fightback supporters have spent the entire pandemic organising to resist job cuts, pay cuts, and restructures.