A snag in UniCanberra’s advice to staff

Union members at the University of Canberra will strike for a half-day Wednesday as part of the union’s enterprise bargaining campaign. Only union members can participate in the protected industrial action, a point made plain to a staffer who asked the university if those who aren’t could attend a protest during lunch breaks (word is there will be snags). Management’s initial response was that this “may constitute participation” in the strike, although word now is that no-one is going to be pursued for taking a sausage-break with the comrades.

The university also told union members that they had to advise management if they intended to strike by Friday, so pay could be deducted for the next pay day, (Thursday). The union says staff are not obliged to tell management that they are stopping work before they have stopped.


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