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Enterprise Bargaining Bulletin UQ Branch

Respect. Recognition. Reward. Bulletin No. 13

10 September 2013

UQ Management Continues To Stonewall NTEU representatives came away last week from yet another bargaining meeting empty-handed. Rather than negotiate, UQ management continues to question the relevance of the NTEU log of claims, asserting that national rather than UQ-specific considerations were driving the agenda. Union representatives emphatically restated the significance to UQ employees of union claims around workloads, Indigenous employment, Professional Staff mobility, job security and domestic violence. After an initial gesture of goodwill by ICTE representatives to keep negotiations open by offering to consider the possibility of increased hours under strict conditions with increased offsets, management exasperated union representatives with a spurious argument that an increase in teaching hours did not equate to an increase in workload. The only development was a resolution of accommodation issues for Professional Staff at Heron Island. In this context, the ballot on Protected Industrial Action will be a crucial test of the resolve of NTEU members to win improvements in this round of bargaining. An application to proceed to ballot will be made this week.

Vote for ACTION! Industrial Action Ballot Launch Meeting TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 1 PM ROOM E302, FORGAN SMITH Help the union mobilise for the vote. Come along to the ballot launch meeting where we will discuss: •

Ensuring the ballot is successful – All members to vote!!

Why you should vote “YES”

Calling on your colleagues to vote.

To contribute, email lhurse@nteu.org.au

Bargaining contacts UQ Bargaining Team: Andrew Bonnell (a.bonnell@uq.edu.au) Dave Callaghan (dave.callaghan@uq.edu.au) Michael McNally (mmcnally@nteu.org.au) Liz Ridley (e.ridley@uq.edu.au) Branch Organiser: Lachlan Hurse (lhurse@nteu.org.au) Authorised by: Marianne Doyle-Pegg, NTEU UQ Branch Vice-President (Professional)


UQ NTEU EB Bulletin No 13