|Issue No 22||16 July 1999|
University Under Fire For Union-Busting Tactics
The NSW Minister for Education has been urged to intervene after the Southern Cross University stopped all membership payroll deductions in the middle of pay negotiations.
Describing the move as "classic union busting tactics", Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says Education Minister John Aquilina should send a message to the University that this is an inappropriate way of conducting industrial relations.
The northern NSW university is a state instrumentality, established by State law, with members of the Labor Government on the Council of the University and operating under the responsibility of the Minister for Education.
The decision to suspend payroll deductions was made as member of the Public Service Association and National Tertiary Education Union indicated they would take protected industrial action in support of a pay rise, as they are allowed to under the Workplace Relations Act.
"This sort of action has been used by conservative government and other employers in the past to attack the union and reduce its membership," PSA president Maurie O'Sullivan says.
"But it's surprising that an organisation with two Labor MPs- Janelle Saffin and Harry Woods - on its Council, should be going down this track."
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