University lecturers reject compromise

According to proposal, the rate of salary erosion would be determined by an outside arbitrator.

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The Senior Lecturers Union (SLU) rejected National Labor Court President Steve Adler's compromise proposal to end their strike on Monday night because "it eternalized future salary erosion rather than preventing it." The Finance Ministry had agreed to the proposal. The strike, launched 79 days ago by the union to protest the erosion of the value of their pay. The sides are scheduled to resume negotiating at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the court. According to Adler's proposal, which he presented to the parties late Sunday night, the rate of salary erosion would be determined by an outside arbitrator. If the erosion since 2001 was found to be higher than 16 percent, the lecturers would receive a 21% raise, and if it was found to be lower the lecturers would receive an immediate 11% bonus, but no more. If no agreement has been reached by Wednesday, the full Labor Court is expected to rule on whether to issue back-to-work orders to the professors this week. The presidents of the universities have said that this coming Sunday would be the last possible day to salvage the fall semester.