The University of Newcastle, Australia

New enterprise agreements ready for staff vote

Wednesday, 8 October 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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NTEU members have now endorsed the academic, professional and teachers agreements. Similarly CPSU members have endorsed the professional staff agreement, meaning that both unions are now resolved in their support for these agreements to go to ballot. Staff are now being invited to review the agreements and will be invited to vote between 16th October and 22nd October when the ballot will be open.

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 (backdated)

↑        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 bargaining team of union, staff and management representatives are positive about the outcomes of the enterprise agreements for staff. "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," said Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Sue Freeman, President of the CPSU Newcastle Branch said "We are particularly pleased with some of the new staff development initiatives agreed through the bargaining process that will benefit both the University and UON staff".  Suzanne Ryan, President of the NTEU Newcastle Branch during the negotiations agreed that industry standards had been upheld for all staff and that the detailed discussions on academic workload have resulted in greater clarity and an improved process for the development and implementation of workload models for academic staff.

Salary increases and new conditions of employment 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.

The effort and commitment by all members of the bargaining team has been extensive and appreciated.

Assoc. Professor Suzanne Ryan – (Former) President National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Newcastle Branch

Ms Sue Freeman – President, Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), Newcastle Branch

Professor Andrew Parfitt – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), University of Newcastle


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