Bargaining business as usual

Union members meet tomorrow at the University of Melbourne to consider more industrial action over enterprise bargaining. The comrades claim negotiating progress in negotiations with management since they went out for four hours on May 9 but say the university is still not budging on core issues, notably its push for separate academic and professional staff agreements.

Unionists at UNSW are holding the first stop-work of their industrial campaign on Wednesday. Just four-month into talks this looks like a standard part of the bargaining process rather than a fundamental split. Outstanding issues the National Tertiary Education Union nominates include regulating workloads and change management procedures, a sore-point for many admin staff given the university-wide restructure underway.


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