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Victoria University management to stand down VU staff without pay

Posted 5 July 2010 by (NTEU National Office)

Victoria University management to stand down VU staff without pay

From Monday Victoria University management will begin unprecedented action to stand down staff who are NTEU members without pay. The stand downs are in response to legally protected industrial bans placed by NTEU members on the transmission of results.

VU NTEU Branch President, Richard Gough said the response by the University was extreme.

‘No University management in Victoria has taken this kind of action for at least 10 years,’ said Mr Gough.

Mr Gough said staff at the University had taken industrial action as a last resort because of the failure of the University to progress collective bargaining.  ‘Management has not even met with the NTEU despite us approaching them repeatedly since January,’ he said.

‘Belatedly they have agreed to bargain 6 months later but are now saying there is no budget to pay for bargaining claims in 2010, despite having an operating surplus of $20.6 million.’

Mr Gough said, however: ‘Victoria University’s budget has been in surplus for two years and they can afford a collective agreement.’

Mr Gough said ‘staff were bargaining for improvements in student/staff ratio, improved workloads, reduced casualisation and a wage rise.’

‘Pay rates for Victoria University staff are amongst the worst in Australia in the university sector. Yet management of the University are happy for this situation to continue indefinitely.’

‘What University management need to do is sit down with staff to work out a fair solution rather than continue to delay,’ he said

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Members not enforcing the bans are strongly urged to get behind the ‘NTEU Legends’ (those members in strategic roles who will continue the bans indefinitely and expose themselves to extended loss of pay) by pledging $50 per fortnight (depending on circumstances and with a reduced donation of $20 per fortnight for sessional members).

Pledges will be paid into the VU Strike Fund which will be managed by the National level of NTEU. The direct debit request form is now available for download. Please return the completed Request to the VU Branch office, Footscray Park Campus.

Download the direct debit request form here (pdf).


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