La Trobe U casual pay saga still not over

Management and union have different takes on why

On Friday VC John Dewar told staff  the university will pay  casuals owed money for this financial year by month end.

However this does not include money owed for marking, although LT U has  “almost finalised the complex and detailed assessment around marking payments.”

This delay, Professor Dewar adds is due to the National Tertiary Education Union lodging a dispute over marking payments to casuals, in the Fair Work Commission. A conference is scheduled for Thursday week.

“While this further delay in back paying our casual staff for marking is disappointing, it is of course important that we continue to work cooperatively with the NTEU and the processes of the Fair Work Commission,”  he says.

Good-o however the union argues there have been dispute meetings and “a significant volume of correspondence” over casual marking payments over six months but that LT U management “has recently attempted to sideline staff and the NTEU and avoid engaging with the (Enterprise) Agreement’s dispute settling process.”