The University of Newcastle, Australia

Enterprise agreement update

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

After months of detailed development work and negotiation, we are pleased to announce that the University of Newcastle Enterprise Agreement (EA) has been finalised with the bargaining team.

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Membership of the CPSU have given the green light to the professional agreement and the local NTEU members have provided endorsement of the professional and academic agreements, subject to approval by their National Office, as is the usual process for this union. The NTEU will meet with teaching staff this week to review the teachers' agreement  and then UON staff will be invited to vote on their EA and its conditions.

UON's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Andrew Parfitt said that whilst the process had been long, there had been important discussions regarding the needs of both staff and the University.  

"All parties have worked together to develop an agreement for our staff that will provide a competitive salary increase as well as some improved development opportunities and some greater flexibility over the next few years in the rapidly changing higher education environment."

The EA has a number of previously announced changes built in, and also includes the following salary increases:

↑        1.5% from the first pay period commencing on or after 31 March 2014 (backdated)

↑        1.5% from the first pay period commencing on or after 30 September 2014

↑        3% from the first pay period commencing on or after 31 March 2015

↑        3% from the first pay period commencing on or after 31 March 2016

↑        3% from the first pay period commencing on or after 31 March 2017

"The salary increases over the life of the agreement are consistent with the sector increases. This will ensure that UON remains competitive in attracting and retaining great people," Andrew Parfitt said.

Salary increases will take effect once staff have endorsed the agreement through the ballot process and the agreements have been approved and registered by the Fair Work Commission.

We appreciate the level of interest in the enterprise bargaining process and extend our sincere thanks to all who contributed. We look forward to finalising the agreement on behalf of all UON staff.

On behalf of the University bargaining team:

Professor Andrew Parfitt – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Professor John Germov – Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Arts

Sharon Champness – Director, People and Workforce Strategy


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