Slow, or no, bargaining progress at U Notre Dame

Waiting for Godot at UNDA

While not widely known*, the enterprise bargaining system is inspired by the work of Samuel Becket, as demonstrated by talks and talks and talks at University of Notre Dame Australia.

The old agreement expired 18 months ago, with discussions for a new one now underway for two years without anything much happening.

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union says management has provided 1.5 per cent administrative pay rises, half of what the union wants. And the NTEU adds, UNDA executives are not budging on super – the university pays 12 per cent, while continuing staff at public universities (which UNDA isn’t) score 17 per cent.

The union signals that it will start the process for protected industrial action to encourage movement from management.

The university responds, “as we are currently in negotiations with the NTEU we are not able to comment.”

Previous VC Celia Hammond is now a federal Liberal MP and replacement Frances Campbell – does not arrive to January. Maybe, a learned reader suggests, management is waiting for him.

* because CMM made it up


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