Media Release: NTEU members lift results bans
After a week of tense negotiations, the NTEU Newcastle Branch has received an increased pay offer from University management. As directed by members at the last NTEU members’ meeting (3rd November) the Newcastle Branch Committee today met to consider the revised University salary position.
The Committee at its' meeting today authorised the NTEU bargaining team to accept management’s revised pay offer of 16.65 per cent (or 17.91% cumulative) until 30 June 2013. The Branch Committee described the agreement to date as one that has resulted in 'modest' outcomes with compromises on both sides, but an agreement with which both sides could consider reasonable.
The NTEU will now withdraw all industrial bans, including the non-transmission of student results, as an indication of goodwill and to help expedite a number of enterprise bargaining matters that are yet to be finalised with management.
In accordance with this resolution the NTEU ban on transmission of students results (due to commence on Wednesday 10th November) will NOT go ahead.
NTEU members are advised to process student exam and assessment results as per usual University practice.
Branch president Dr Suzanne Ryan said the union’s decision to accept the wage offer does not prejudice other issues that remain outstanding.
Dr Ryan said the branch committee also endorsed a position that the same salary offer be awarded to general staff, teachers and academics.
“The NTEU believes that all of our members are entitled to this same salary offer.”
She said that members of the branch committee described the agreement to date as one that has resulted in 'modest' outcomes.
“When genuine bargaining is undertaken in good faith there will inevitably be compromises on both sides.
“The branch committee believes the agreement on salary is one that is reasonable for both our members and university management,” she said.
The next bargaining meeting when the offers will be discussed is Thursday 11 November.