Union leaders call for solidarity forever

At Murdoch U  the NTEU is having an argument all its own

National Tertiary Education Union campus branch leadership wants committee members and delegates to stick to the official line once set. “We accept and respect a divergence of views but once decisions are made, we support one another in implementing those decisions by setting aside our differences and standing in solidarity with one another,” a proposed set of protocols put to members yesterday states in part.

This appears a local version of a bigger blue, that started in April when the union’s national leadership negotiated an accord with four vice chancellors. It was designed to reduce COVID-19 job losses by negotiating temporary freezes on wages and conditions in return for reducing retrenchments. While adopted in whole or part by a few universities it was and is, bitterly opposed by NTEU activists who called on the union to oppose management calls for savings.