University of Sydney staff union leader Kurt Iveson sets out the campus NTEU’s enterprise bargaining agreement achievement in a new report. Associate Professor Iveson explains how a long campaign ended following break-through concessions by management which members accepted. A “packed members’ meeting of over 450 people voted to endorse an in-principle Agreement with management, based on these improvements to the offer,” he writes in the union’s national journal of record. And so they did, just not all of them.
Aspro Iveson’s report does not mention members voted 300 to 140 to accept the offer after the union’s campus leadership split. Aspro Iveson and members of the negotiating team backed the deal while other committee members wanted to hold out for an improved pay offer and improved conditions for casual staff. (CMM September 22).