May 31, 2006

Latest on the AUT Strike

The AUT look set to continue their strike action, having rejected an offer put to them by universities yesterday.

The "best and final offer" (which would result in a rise of 13.12% over three years) was conditional on the Unions calling off their 'action short of a strike' and putting the offer to its members.

Not wanting to agree to such a deal, it seems the AUT will formally reject the deal later today.

The result for students is that a deal seems further away than ever. More negotiations are unlikely to begin for at least a week, and then concluding a deal could take as long again.

It seems increasingly unlikely that graduations will go ahead in their traditional form. Instead, the university is likely to have to carry out their contingency plan which would see 'unclassified degrees' being awarded.

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  1. So they didn't even put it to their members? Well they're obviously doing all they can to finish this as soon as possible and minimise disruption to students…

    31 May 2006, 10:29

  2. Lee

    They won't put the current offer to a vote because although here most people would probably accept it, nationwide that possibly isn't the case. That is the problem with national disputes.
    Once the AUT and NATFHE are merged it will be even worse as NATFHE are primarily the old polys and are generally not as well remunerated as those at traditional universities.

    31 May 2006, 14:25

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