Now for the hard parts

The national council of the NTEU backs the federal leadership’s proposed accord with universities to cut wages and conditions in return for protecting jobs

There was an 80 per cent vote for the proposal. It now goes to a national vote of the union membership on every campus. If that gets up, VCs will need to decide if they want to negotiate terms and any outcomes with the local union, which will then go to an all-staff vote. And that will be that. Not in NSW at least, where the state branch of the Community and Public Service Union said no last week to any cuts for jobs deal (CMM April 29).