UNSW to meet with union on cuts for jobs trade-off

Jacobs reserves judgement on the accord

Vice Chancellor Ian Jacobs says the university is “carefully reviewing” the accord negotiated between a group of VCs and the National Tertiary Education Union to trade temporary reductions to wages and conditions for job protection.

Professor Jacobs tells staff management will meet with the NTEU’s campus leadership this week.

This is a big-call for Professor Jacobs, indeed for every VC. To say no  to the deal because, it “places too many constraints on their options,” as Jacobs puts it will not impress staff if that is followed by wholesale job losses.