Western Sydney University staff rally for better deal

Western Sydney University staff stopped work on Thursday, amid fears they will not have a job there in 2018.

Up to 70 staff from the Parramatta, Penrith, Hawkesbury, Campbelltown and Bankstown campuses attended a rally at the Parramatta South campus on Thursday in the hope that senior management would hear their concerns about the lack of job security. 

Around 57 per cent of staff are employed on insecure contracts, according to the National Tertiary Education Union.

Those at the rally were told how vice chancellor Professor Barney Glover was on campus that morning but left before the rally started.

The university’s five member senior executive team receive a combined salary of $3 million a year, according to the union.

More than 1000 WSU staff are on expired enterprise agreements, according to union WSU branch president David Burchell.

He fears negotiations for the new enterprise agreements will continue into 2018.

“This place is in turmoil,” Mr Burchall told the rally.

“People are anxious and angry, while the folk that run this place don’t have a clue.”

More to come.

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