It’s round three at UNE
NTEU members at the University of New England are picketing campus this morning, “campaigning for a more collegial and transparent workplace – one where management has greater accountability to staff and students.” It’s part of the union’s enterprise bargaining campaign for better workload regulation, change management and performance management. The NTEU also wants “better outcomes” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment and conversion to full-time work for casual staff.
It’s a third round for this year’s industrial wrestling at UNE, with union and management having won one each. But in January the Fair Work Commission told management that it could not change academic workloads in an existing school, just because it was moved to a new faculty (CMM January18). But last month the Commission backed management in a case of what the existing enterprise agreement should have said on pay-rates for casual teaching staff as opposed to what it actually did. The NTEU, and casual academics teaching on-line in the School of Education lost (CMM).