The University of Sydney issued a statement this morning in response:
“The University is open and operating today.
“We fully support the right our staff have to strike and protest but we are disappointed the Union chose to prematurely pursue this unnecessary action.
“This action is pre-emptive - our discussions with the Union bargaining team are still underway. No final positions have been taken. We’re still working to reach agreement on a range of matters, some of which haven’t even been raised for full discussion yet.
“This strike won’t help us reach an agreement because we’re committed to good-faith negotiations at the bargaining table. We are offering significant improvements to existing conditions and we’ll continue to engage transparently and keep our community updated.
“It’s been a difficult time for the higher education sector, and we still face an uncertain future. This strike will affect our students who just want to get on with their learning after the disruption of the last few years.
“The wellbeing of our staff and students is our highest priority. We want to make sure that we reach an Agreement that enhances our sector leading wages and condition and supports research and teaching excellence.”