LEADERS OF the AUT lecturers' union have disgracefully suspended industrial action over pay. The campaign began earlier this year with an excellent one day strike. Since then it has consisted mainly of boycotts of some administration tasks and admissions inquiries. The union's winter council (a delegate based body similar to a conference in other unions) could be asked to consider holding another ballot for action if there is not sufficient progress by the time it is held.
It is important we keep up the pressure for more action. In particular we should demand that no settlement is agreed with less than a 10 percent increase. We should also demand that the council decides whether or not to call off the action, not the executive. Branches should send motions criticising the executive for the manner in which they have conducted the dispute.