Victoria University Enterprise Agreement

What happened: with 54% of voters, only 23% supported the offer of higher education, which was strongly rejected by the campus branch of the National Tertiary Education Union. THE VU took the relatively unusual step of offering an offer to employees who did not have union support after lengthy discussions became bogged down and likely to remain so. "The university did not succeed in this round of voting, which is why they now have three main options. Among the conditions that the university intends to apply are a 17.9% increase in contact time for teaching, an increase in working time from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to 7 p.m., greater flexibility for university management in negotiating redundancy packages and a management right to recruit new employees on fixed-term contracts. Melbourne`s Victoria University has called on employees to vote "yes" to a collective agreement for businesses, which increases employee working hours and streamlines dispute resolution procedures due to the deteriorating financial deficit at the university. The second would be to ask the Fair Work Commission to terminate the old agreement, as it is no longer likely to support the new VU model. "After several consecutive years in deficit, Victoria University must now return to a surplus over the next four years and reduce spending and increase revenues and productivity," said Lorraine Ling, team leader for enterprise negotiation at Victoria University. Professor Ling said that even if all the conditions were agreed for the university, some of the best vacation services in Victoria and the highest-paid parental leave in the industry would still offer. Management`s message to employees during the vote was that the proposed enterprise agreement "offers many requirements that are above industry standards and, in some cases, are among the best in the industry." While the union has described as insufficient the proposal for a wage increase, four annual wage increases from 1.4% this year to 2 per cent in 2021, the major problems appear to have been staff disturbances in restructuring management research, changing conditions for some teachers and reducing discipline and conflict and position allocation processes.

(CMM September 10) The third would be to engage in a longer tariff campaign and continue to advocate for change. If it is not possible to reach an agreement with the NTEU, the university could hold a new round of voting in a few months and re-test the mood of the staff. The first would be to make major concessions to the NTEU, which has pledged to maintain many of the terms of the 2013 agreement. Given the magnitude of the changes the university needs to maintain its new teaching model, this seems unlikely. Victoria University staff strongly rejected the management`s proposed enterprise agreement. What this means is a great loss for the management of LA VU, which is trying to change its educational structure and its financial base. It`s a loss that could lead management to the Murdoch U strategy. Last year, the VA University received approval from the Fair Work Commission to include collaborators in the university industry award in the absence of a new agreement after painting.

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