For the 14th consecutive year, the UN has been awarded the highest five-star rating in the Quality Universities Guide for the quality of its student experience, a record not set by any other Australian public university. The bone of contention is the UN leadership`s proposal to introduce an hour-based academic workload model, used in almost all other Australian universities. They believe that this model will ensure fairness and transparency for staff and a sustainable future for the university. The university has granted students a seven-business day extension for tasks due between September 11 and October 4 and has set up a central hub for processing student applications. A staff member may request to enter into an agreement with the university to acquire either 10 days (2 weeks) or 20 days (4 weeks) of additional leave over a period of 12 months. The 2018 company agreements replace those of 2014. AM: The UN NTEU Branch Committee had been negotiating a new company agreement with the university management for more than two years. Members of the union branch had participated in labour disputes in 2018 and 2019, but UN management has always withdrawn the process. Can you give us some general information about your trading campaign for companies? What were the main demands of the members and what did the leadership bury itself? “When similar models were implemented in other universities, it was done with the agreement of the NTEU and its members through corporate negotiations,” the UN spokesman said. University of New South Wales – NO MORE JOB CUTS – August 2017 (PDF version) Every faculty at the university (except Canberra) is in a new restructuring that is effective. The most significant lesson I have learned from experience is to do everything in my democracy to address non-committed membership. It is the withdrawal of the members that, apart from the two tangible enemies of the management and the union bosses, has been their greatest enemy in company bargaining. Before the NTEU gave in to COVID, I thought UN members (and non-members) would need by the end of 2020 or early 2021 to know who is telling them the truth and will learn their lesson.
But the collapse of COVID may have brought such an awareness. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) branch of the University of New England will meet today to discuss new union action after more than a week of strikes during company negotiations. I am referring to the university`s request to approve the above-mentioned collective agreement. I would like to make the following commitments: AM: the new company agreement was put to the vote of all UNE staff members at the beginning of the year. What kind of arguments did the national executive and UN leadership use during the vote to move the deal forward? And how did the UN branch argue for a “no” when it was our own union that advanced the deal? TB: The national and state officers of the NTEU exhausted the members by frightening them of the alleged intention of the UN leadership to denounce the agreement. It should be said that at no time did the management ever use these words for us, the local representatives. The university presented its model when this round of Enterprise Bargaining began two years ago; their position is unchanged, a UN spokesman said. University of Sydney Enterprise Bargaining Report update – August 2017 (PDF version) Management change We are pleased to announce that the university has made some concessions in response to the PCSU`s arguments. But in. Fair Work Act 2009s.185 – Application for approval of a single company agreement The current company agreements were approved by the Fair Work Commission in March 2019. Alex McAulay, NTEU Fightback campaigner activist and member of the RMIT NTEU Branch Committee, spoke with Tim Battin of the UN NTEU Branch Committee about the national executive`s recent intervention in corporate negotiations at the UN.
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