The ANU members of the National Tertiary Education Union unanimously endorsed a protected action ballot yesterday to further their claims for decent salaries and workloads in response to the new ANU Enterprise Agreement.
The application for this ballot will be lodged today for the bans and stoppages endorsed by the meeting. On the advice of the NTEU National Office, it will also include several additional items that have proved effective as strategies in other universities, such as results bans (following new legal advice), some teaching limitations and non-co-operation with university events.
It remains the NTEU’s strong preference to negotiate a decent and just outcome for ANU staff without having to resort to industrial action. However, in a further meeting with ANU management representatives yesterday, no significant progress was made on key issues. Unless there is a major change in the current approach being taken ANU management, NTEU members are left with no choice but to endorse and participate in protected industrial action.