At the end of December last year, the CPSU NSW submitted its Log of Claims for the current round of Enterprise Bargaining. In a series of meetings since 8 February this year, many of the claims contained therein have been presented to university management. Their progress has been reported on in regular bulletins and updates. At a meeting to be held on the 21st of this month, this Thursday, the CPSU NSW will complete the submission of all the claims contained in our Log.
Draft clauses for these claims have already been sent to university management. We plan to speak to them in the meeting on the 21st.
Submitting so many claims at one time is in no way ideal. Delegates and officials engaged in bargaining really need time to carefully present each one, using detailed discussion and examples of the circumstances they are designed to redress or improve. However, we have been forced to do so because another union has come to an agreement with university management to conclude this round of Professional Staff Enterprise Bargaining within a limited time frame. The CPSU NSW was not included in this understanding. In fact, we found out at the last meeting, which was on 7 June, that this next meeting is proposed as being the last meeting in the whole process of Professional Staff Bargaining. Obviously, this will have a severe impact on our capacity to argue and push our claims. However, we will do what we can. We will provide a further update as soon as we are able to.
If you are not yet a member of the CPSU NSW, you can join the CPSU NSW by going to www.cpsunsw.org.au.