Enterprise Bargaining update

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Since my last communication on 11 August 2017 advising that the University has commenced Enterprise Bargaining, I now confirm that the NTEU and the CPSU have provided the University with their Logs of Claim.

You can view the Logs of Claim and the full ACU Response at the Enterprise Bargaining SharePoint site here: EB2017

Briefly the University is seeking an agreement that:

  • Provides salary increases to staff that are sustainable over the period and are aligned with the CPI;
  • Builds on the options for the University to offer further flexibility in employment conditions for staff and recognise unique individual needs and the needs of the University;
  • Delivers a Plain English agreement which is readily understood by staff and management and with streamlined processes.  Accordingly, the University seeks to review the scope and continuation of committees that are associated with a number of processes in the agreement;
  • Maintain the current provisions of Academic Working Arrangements with minor adjustments to streamline process, please note as part of the University’s ongoing review of policy, adjustments to workload allocations from the Academic Workload Policy are currently being considered by the University.
  • Continues to support employment strategies with regard to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve population parity at ACU;
  • Meets the Better Off Overall test (BOOT) for staff, and
  • Re-affirms the University’s commitment to consult both the NTEU and CPSU on matters that pertain to the employment relationship with staff.

I encourage you to read in full the Logs of Claim and the University’s response. We are currently preparing to commence the bargaining meetings and will keep you advised of progress. I welcome your comments or queries and these can be emailed to eb2017.hr@acu.edu.au

Stephen Weller
Chief Operating Officer

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