Industrial action looms at UniMelb (and they aren’t even arguing about pay yet)

Union members at the University of Melbourne have decided not to wait for enterprise bargaining Godot and have delivered management a list of what is needed to avoid industrial action (CMM Wednesday). National Tertiary Education Union members say management must withdraw enterprise bargaining claims regarding separate agreements for professional and academic staff, and there must be “significant progress” on issues including, workloads and intellectual freedom.

CMM understands agreement is close on misconduct, disputes and appeal processes plus a range of administration processes, but “key issues are still in dispute.” Such as? “Management is not talking money,” a close observer of Parkville life says.


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