Go for the gambit

Just before the MYEFO funding freeze in December, Griffith University offered staff a 7.5 per cent pay rise across the next enterprise agreement, more, a learned reader suggests, than universities which now know their newly straightened circumstance will propose. Certainly the University of Queensland said last year it would not make an offer until the size of government funding cuts was clear.

But Griffith may have wriggle room – the National Tertiary Education Union did not agree to last year’s offer, calling it an “opening gambit,” (CMM December 15). The gambit might be as good as they could have got.


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