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How can we get "strike ready"?

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Fighting back against job cuts

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Where to from here? An updated six point plan (1 July)

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Neoliberalism personified: the Expert Assessment Panel (15 June)

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Concessions don't save jobs 

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Say No to Tehan’s next-level neoliberalism (4 July)

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Enterprise bargaining

Bargaining Notes No. 1: Big Bargaining and Wages

15 October 2020

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Bargaining Notes No. 2: Casual Conversion   

23 October 2020

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Motions for National Council October 2020

The following motions were submitted by NTEU Fightback activists for consideration at the National Council meeting scheduled for 30-31 October 2020. A further meeting of National Council to discuss bargaining is now scheduled for December 10-11.

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Health and safety 

Organising is a matter of life and death: A brief guide to health and safety organising and law

For those forced back to work regardless of the resurgent pandemic, there’s an urgent need to campaign for, and implement, the most stringent health and safety measures. To that end, NTEU Fightback has compiled these notes on workers’ rights under health and safety law, and how we can organise using these legal rights.

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RMIT OHS letter

This letter to senior management was initiated by NTEU members at RMIT in mid July. Reproduced here by NTEU Fightback with permission, after removing all names. We think it's a decent example of an open letter, as a way of making health and safety issues a topic of collective discussion and applying pressure on management.

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Coronavirus basics: some questions and answers

Edited notes from an NTEU Fightback forum on organising for health and safety, held on 12 August 2020.

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Unsafe return to campus email (RMIT) 

This letter was sent to members at RMIT on Wednesday 29 July. We’ve incorporated the amendment sent out next day to the wording around the right to refuse unsafe work

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Vote No materials from June / July 2020

10 reasons to re-think the recommendation at UWA (23 June)

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La Trobe - Pay Cuts Information (Updated 11 June)

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UWA - Vote NO Leaflet (15 June)

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6 Reasons to Vote NO at ANU (11 June)

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Why it is crucial to Vote NO at La Trobe
(11 June)

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Media release (3 June)

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Monash - An analysis of the enterprise agreement variation – and the spin being used to sell it (10 June)

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La Trobe - Town Hall VC meeting report (2 June)

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UWA - Notes on the proposed variation
(16 June)

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Melbourne - Vote NO leaflet (3 June)

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Monash - Proposed EAV

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Monash - Vote NO Leaflet (10 June)

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UWA - Vote NO to a 9% pay cut

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WSU - Why Vote No? (13 June)

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Annual leave at UTS and 5 reasons to vote no (31 July)

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Vote NO Campaign Materials

FAQs on the National Framework

Our comprehensive FAQ document - a good place to start. 

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Vote NO and then what? 

We’ve attempted to distil our approach into six “next steps”. We think it presents a pretty feasible alternative to the acceptance of defeat and retreat embedded in the concessionary approach of our national leadership.

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Vote NO leaflet

Short printable leaflet on why we think NTEU members should vote no to the National Framework.

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Wage cuts table

Some examples of wage cuts that would be possible under the National Framework.

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Wage cuts explained

Our detailed explanation about how to calculate the potential wage cuts in the National Framework. 

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How the NE manufactures consent

An overview of the measures taken by the NE to manufacture consent for the National Framework.

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 'Major Change' in the National Framework? 

Further information in relation to major change.

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Does the national framework advantage workers facing redundancy? 

Detailed analysis of the clauses in relation to redundancy.

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Selling the framework (bullshit bingo!)

How the national leadership are trying to sell the National Framework and why they are wrong. 

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Matthew McGowan shuts down democracy

National secretary Matt McGown instructs NTEU staff to not distribute vote NO materials. 

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Heads of Agreement - our notes

Our annotation of the key clauses in the Heads of Agreement document. 

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Media Release - Union bans distribution of no case in plebiscite on national pay cut deal

20 May 2020

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Report on meeting of National Councillors

Report from the meeting held on 20 May 2020.

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Our original open letter

Read our original open letter, and view signatories.

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Barnes admits $305 per fortnight pay cut

We respond to Alison Barnes' calculations on wage cuts in an email on 22 May. 

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Results from NTEU cuts survey at Curtin University

Results from the NTEU members survey at Curtin University about the extent of 'sacrifice' they are willing to make.  

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Information on stand downs

Information on the current legal protections on stand downs and how they compare with the proposed Framework. 
Updated 13 May 2020. 

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Rank and File Resources

Materials about the history, theory and practice of rank and file organising in the trade union movement. 

Tales of the BLF... Rolling the Right! (Pamphlet)

The battle of the Builders Labourers rank and File in New South Wales 1951-1964. Written by Paul True. Originally published by Militant International Publications 1995.

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How to jump start your union - lessons from the Chicago Teachers (Pt 1)

The CTU experience shows how a  run of the mill bureaucratic union can be transformed with the right combination of rank-and-file organising, hard work, and trust in democracy. 

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How to jump start your union - lessons from the Chicago Teachers (Pt 2)

Part two.

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A beginner’s guide to workplace organising

We are Australian-based workers and unionists organising resistance in our workplaces in the face of the global crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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