After 15 months of bargaining there’s no deal at Uni Newcastle

Management will put a pay offer to staff – the NTEU says vote no

After talks failed Friday university management will put its final offer to a staff vote next week.

The offer includes 9.5 per cent in pay rises over three year, ten “concession” days off and extending 17 per cent super to casuals.

“As the vast majority of our staff are not union members, we have made the significant decision to proceed to a staff vote on our new agreements without the endorsement of the unions,” DVC Kent Anderson told staff yesterday.

“Given the impasse, we think you should decide what is right for our university.”

However the National Tertiary Education Union states, “university management offered a sub-standard pay offer that nobody at the bargaining table, except themselves, would accept. They are also proposing to reduce important conditions on a number of fronts, in both professional and academic agreements.”

The other campus union, the Community and Public Sector U could not be reached yesterday but is believed to be not making any recommendation to members.

Uni Newcastle follows Griffith U, where management announced last week that it would put an offer to staff without NTEU support.