Industrial tribunal urges more consultation about UNE Printery
The NTEU Branch at the University of New England (UNE) is very pleased to announce that on 19 September Fair Work Australia upheld the union's claims about consultation on the future of the UNE printery.
Before Commissioner Riordan, the NTEU argued that there had been insufficient consultation, which gave rise to a real risk that expressions of interest which may be made in the purchase of the printery would not be based on an accurate grasp of the service the printery provides.
"Even more tellingly," Dr Tim Battin, Branch President of the NTEU, said, "UNE management continued to assert — against the evidence — that it did not have to consult more broadly with the university community. The position of the NTEU, that the industrial change process required consultation under both the general staff and academic staff collective agreements, was upheld by the tribunal"
Commissioner Riordan "strongly recommended that the [management] meet with representatives of the academic and general staff as a matter of urgency" to consider the possible ramifications and consequences of any sale.
"The NTEU held a special meeting of 11 July seeking feedback from members about the effects of any sale and we will continue to consult our members so that knowledgeable opinion can inform any decision to be made," Dr Battin said.
More information: Dr Tim Battin Branch President (02) 6773 3155/0401 599 043
Helen McLennan Branch Organiser (02) 6773 3175