Sunshine on bargaining at USC

Industrial bargaining hasn’t been all congenial chats at the University of the Sunshine Coast

The campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union says management was not negotiating on terms for a new enterprise agreement.  To encourage the university to talk the union took protected industrial action, withholding exam results – but even this wasn’t having much impact, the union claims management was  attempting work arounds.

Until Friday, when everything changed fast.  The NTEU had asked Vice Chancellor Greg Hill to intervene so that the university executive takes over negotiations, which happened.

Word is that there will be three days of talks this week, with a member of the university executive attending for management. The union accordingly lifted industrial bans.


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