NTEU News | 24 September 2013
The union says the strike is in response to senior management’s “aggressive approach in enterprise bargaining negotiations seeking to strip away many current working conditions”.
According to the NTEU, the University is insisting that professional staff redundancy payments be cut for the majority of professional staff into the future and has given no serious ground on the key workloads and jobs security elements of our claims.
The NTEU’s bargaining claim includes improving job security and career paths for casual staff and to provide caps on teaching workloads for academics with teaching responsibilities – “positive claims which would assist both staff and the university.
Meanwhile NTEU members at James Cook University have voted to reject a pay offer of 3%, and in favour of further industrial action in support of their claims, unless senior management is willing to take the same pay rise offered to staff. According to the union, the grant of a 27% pay rise to the vice-chancellor demonstrates “a monstrous double standard.”