UTAS student results caught up in union row over staff pay, conditions

UTAS student results caught up in union row over staff pay, conditions

Updated October 09, 2017 08:33:01 University of Tasmania (UTAS) students may have their end-of-year results withheld as part of escalating industrial action over staff pay and conditions. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and UTAS have been at loggerheads for 14 months over a new enterprise bargaining agreement. NTEU Tasmanian division secretary Kelvin Michael said he had lost hope the two parties would strike a deal before the university’s Vice-Chancellor, Peter Rathjen, finishes up at the end of this month. “There have been some items on both sides of the…

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The magic number for home loan customers

The magic number for home loan customers

OWNER occupier borrowers paying principal and interest should be on interest rates with a “three” in front and should be weighing up whether to fix, experts say. Regardless of whether customers are choosing to go for variable, fixed, or a combination of both, there are many deals below the four per cent mark that customers should be optimising in this record-low rate environment. media_cameraHome loan customers should be maximising interest rate deals with a “3” in front. Picture: iStockIndustry experts believe there could be rate rises in the new year,…

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Blade Runner 2049 misfires at box office

Blade Runner 2049 misfires at box office

“Blade Runner 2049” took the top spot at the box office this weekend, but it still failed to meet expectations. The sequel to the 1982 science fiction classic brought in an estimated $31.5 million during its opening in North America. That’s way less than the $50 million it was expected pull for its debut. The sluggish box office numbers come as a bit of surprise, since the film has gotten universal acclaim from both critics and audiences. The film holds an 89% score on the review site Rotten Tomatoes and…

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