JCU staff re­ject EB agree­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

STAFF at James Cook Univer­sity have voted against a pro­posed en­ter­prise bar­gain­ing agree­ment.

JCU man­age­ment took the vote to staff af­ter 18 months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Na­tional Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Union.

A ma­jor­ity of 58 per cent voted no to the agree­ment, while the re­main­ing 42 per cent voted yes.

Deputy vice chan­cel­lor for ser­vices and re­sources Tri­cia Brand said 54.4 per cent of staff took part in the vote.

“We’ll start look­ing at what our op­tions are next week,” Ms Brand said.

“We need to take the time, we need to work out the next step.”

Ms Brand said that af­ter lengthy ne­go­ti­a­tions with the NTEU, man­age­ment might con­sider op­tions which in­cluded the Fair Work Com­mis­sion.

NTEU JCU branch pres­i­dent Jonathan Strauss said the univer­sity needed to lis­ten to what staff were telling them.

“The ma­jor­ity went against what JCU man­age­ment have pro­posed and that should be con­sid­ered,” Mr Strauss said.

“We never left the ne­go­ti­a­tion process.”

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