When the agreement is passed, there will be a $1500 salary increase for all employees, followed by a 1.5 percent increase in December, $1800 on July 19, 1.6 percent on July 20 and July 21. The relationship between the management of La Trobe University and the union once looked like a 30-year war, even nastier – but now comes the news that the two sides have silently struck a new company deal that we may no longer see, at least as long as the government`s funding cuts are maintained. The commissioners counter-attacked the union, concluding that their proposal “would require more robust and/or rigorous mechanisms to identify the time spent by academics on certain activities” and that “from our point of view, it is not possible to distinguish between necessary academic work and self-controlled work.” Overall, the FWC decided that the decision of what academics had to pay for their work was the reason why corporate negotiations were created. But what union officials will really like is the lack of pay. Originally, LT U offered “recognition payments” of 0.1 percent for all employees in `18,`19 and `20, when the university increased each year 1 percent of the quality indicators of students` learning and learning outcomes (CMM December 1, 2017). NTEU officials hate compensation for benefits and suggest it is unfair to employees who have no contact with students, and they tell staff that salary increases in the new agreement “do not depend on performance targets.” The union will also be satisfied with the workload model, in particular the dispatch of management, which agrees not to change it without consulting staff and the union. And both sides will be able to live with the new discipline review system, where appeals will be directed to an independent expert in charge of the trial and if the evidence supports a finding of fault (Deakin U set a precedent for this type of agreement). However, the NTEU also lost it, as the FWC ended; “While the evidence indicated that some general staff were working overtime, there is no evidence that these hours were largely worked by general staff or were unable to be compensated or treated according to the procedures established under the applicable industrial instrument.” But CMM suspects that what is happening goes beyond that – that to belong to our own landscape, we must consider our trees as nothing less than European imports.