Deadline for a deal at Uni Newcastle

Management wants to know what staff will accept

Uni Newcastle wants to delay pay rises due this September and in 2021, to address revenue losses. Management says there is in-principle agreement with campus unions on reducing leave balances and early retirement (CMM July 30).

The university has set a Monday deadline for a decision by unions onaccepting the pay rise deferrals, which would be influential with other staff. Deferring a pay-rise requires an all-staff vote to vary the university enterprise agreement.  If this is to happen time is tight to get a ballot organised.

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union has called an all-staff meeting for tomorrow. Uni Newcastle observers suggest staff there will want management to provide a number of jobs saved by deferring pay rises.