Here they go again at Uni Newcastle

The Fair Work Commission schedules a second week of arbitration between unions and management

Talks last week on terms of a new enterprise agreement (CMM May 31) evidently got nowhere far enough – with FWC Deputy President Saunders convening four more days of meetings this week.

The division is said to be between management and the National Tertiary Education Union, which opposed the university taking the dispute to the commission. The Community and Public Sector Union (the smaller of the two) has told members that management’s final pay offer (13 per cent over three years) is “nothing to sneeze at” and it wants a staff vote on the university’s overall offer.