Enterprise Bargaining cycle commences

Friday, 17 September 2021

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Today, the University of Newcastle met with the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and university staff representatives to commence the next enterprise bargaining cycle.

The current enterprise agreements reach their nominal expiry dates on 30 September 2021 but will remain in force until they are replaced.

A 2021 staff survey found that university staff were overall satisfied with their conditions of employment and consider the University of Newcastle a great place to work. In the discussions, while ensuring the terms and conditions comply with employment and industrial legislation, the University is seeking to ensure the agreement is reflective of the modern environment and long-term sustainability.

Professor Kent Anderson, Deputy Vice Chancellor Global for the University of Newcastle is heading up the University’s Enterprise Bargaining team and explained, “We want to reduce complexity in our employment framework without reducing entitlements for our staff”.

“One element of achieving this is to ensure our new enterprise agreements do not simply duplicate employee rights already enshrined in legislation. We also would like to see the agreements closely aligned to the university’s values, employment policies, work unit plans and our strategic plan.

“This round of bargaining is of course set against the continued impact of COVID-19 on our regions as well as the higher education sector nationally and internationally. This means sustainability and flexibility are more important than ever before.

“We recognise the desire for greater flexibility and the need to ensure we achieve an appropriate balance that works for our staff and students,” said Professor Anderson.

This is the eighth round of enterprise bargaining across the Australian higher education sector, and the University of Newcastle is amongst the first batch of universities to commence its formal bargaining period.

More information about the University of Newcastle’s Enterprise Agreements is available on the University of Newcastle’s website.

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