Tough week at James Cook U

Last week JCU staff voted down a management pay offer but anybody who thought things could not get worse was wrong. The vote certainly did not clear conflicted air with the National Tertiary Education Union, which planned a 24-hour strike for tomorrow, over now stopped enterprise bargaining. The university went to the Fair Work Commission asking it to forbid the strike, which it did. So now there will be community protests at JCU, starting at 8am.

Yesterday the other campus union, Together, representing professional and technical staff, hopped into management over its proposals to end the staff entitlement to a three-day Christmas shutdown and the “unfair pay offer.”

And this morning Vice Chancellor Sandra Harding will respond to Elizabeth Broderick’s review of JCU’s “sexual harassment and sexual assault policies and procedures, and its culture.”