Regular readers would know that your Union has been involved in long running negotiations with Navitas English, the company that operates many migrant and social education services for the Federal Government. Members have consistently told Navitas that their current salary offer (2% + 2% + 2.5%) is inadequate, and have made their feelings plain through two bouts of industrial action.
In March, Navitas decided to test the waters and put the draft agreement up for a vote. The result was an emphatic rejection of the agreement, with some 71% of votes cast against. Navitas and the IEU bargaining team are planning to meet on 29 April to try and find a way through the impasse. For updates see www.eiu.asn.au Meanwhile, bargaining will soon start at two other Navitas businesses, at Navitas English ACT (which run similar government programs in the capital), and Navitas English Services (which operates as a school for international students). At the time of writing, your Union was arranging visits at the various centres and preparing logs of claims, with negotiations to kick off in early May.