University of Melbourne to vote on ballot for industrial action
Negotiations with the University have made no substantial progress and this is totally unsatisfactory. To move forward collectively the following motion will be put at 1.40 p.m
This meeting notes that since May 2008, the University of Melbourne management has not provided any comprehensive response to the Union’s log of claims for a new Collective Agreement. In particular, as at Tuesday 7 April, the University was unable to indicate any position in relation to the Union’s key claim of restoration of conditions lost due to the Howard government’s IR laws, and was unable to even commit to a timetable for intensive negotiations to progress bargaining.
Specific issues that NTEU did not receive a response to include:
- Provision for enforceable limits on workload and staff student ratios;
- Limitations on type and number of casual and contract staff employed; and
- Changes to the performance development framework.
To assist in achieving a collective agreement this meeting directs the University of Melbourne Branch Executive to apply to the Industrial Relations Commission for a ballot of members authorising industrial action. The meeting however notes that if industrial action is authorised by the conduct of a ballot, any decision to take specific industrial action will be considered separately.
This meeting calls on University management to intensify negotiations, and agree to an accelerated bargaining timetable commencing with the next scheduled meeting of Monday 20 April, to conclude an agreement expeditiously.