NTEU News | 11 July 2013
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is appealing to Bill Shorten, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, to amend the Fair Work Act, following the failure of the Fair Work Commission on10 July to make a decision regarding a union ballot to take protected industrial action at the University of Western Sydney (UWS).
Vice-President Catanzariti reserved his decision on a protected action ballot application.
NTEU NSW Division Secretary Genevieve Kelly said that, under the Fair Work Act, applications for a protected action ballot are to be determined as far as practicable within two working days.
In this case, NTEU members at the University of Western Sydney have already had to wait two weeks and now face further delays with no indication of when a decision is likely to be delivered.
The NTEU has been bargaining in good faith all year. We have participated in nine bargaining meetings and scheduled a further six. We’ve requested extra meetings for particular claims and sent numerous draft clauses to further negotiations.
Our application should have been treated as non-controversial. Instead, lawyers from the big end of town have decided to make it a technical, legal matter. This distortion of usual procedure is against the spirit and intention of the Act.