Union delays member vote

The National Tertiary Education Union was planning to put the heads of agreement on the proposed wage cuts for jobs accord to all members in a national ballot Monday. It isn’t happening

Word is the text is not ready and the plan is for members to have time to consider the proposal before they vote. There is talk of a vote at the end of next week.

NTEU critics of the deal have always said all members should have time to consider the pros and cons of the proposal before they vote, but this delay does not appear to be a concession by the leadership. Observers suggest the executive has the support of 80 per cent of the union’s federal council.