Union calls for planning halt on Monash U campus return

Management’s plan was made without “proper consultation,” says NTEU

Monash U has announced campus will be open for the start of first semester on February 28. The university is “strongly encouraging” staff and students to be triple vaxed when they arrive (CMM January 27).
However the union has lodged a work and safety notice for management to stop planning for on-site work and face to face teaching, “until genuine consultation has been carried out.”

“A lot can happen in four weeks, especially in this pandemic. We do not understand how the university can possibly predict the course of the current outbreak. This far out, we are deeply concerned about the return of thousands of staff and students to classroom teaching, ” MU branch president Ben Eltham tells the university community.
The NTEU calls for the university to provide staff working in-doors with free N95 or KN94 high-quality face masks and free rapid antigen tests for staff on-site.

Monash U is “currently considering” uses for RATs.