In response to the current health crisis and its unprecedented impact on the tertiary education sector, the CPSU NSW had set up an online forum for you to ask questions, seek help and stay informed:
Here is our first weekly update where we try to answer your questions, but, as always, if you would like to speak with a delegate or one of our industrial staff, leave your name and best contact details when submitting your enquiry.
Will there be forced redundancies? Voluntary redundancies?
What will happen to staff whose jobs have been most impacted, such as staff who work in student mobility?
How can I take leave to do my part to contribute to savings? Like you were saying, I am not in favour of a pay cut at our level and a reduction of hours isn’t feasible for my role – likely the same for many. So taking leave is something I am more than happy to consider and it would be useful to get a clear guide from UoW management about how they see this working best to contribute to savings.
Will the salary increases in the Enterprise Agreement be postponed?
If salary cuts or delayed increments are on the table, this will have a significant impact on superannuation, particularly for those in a defined benefit with fewer than five years until retirement. This will impact the average salary over five years which is the basis of the retirement benefit calculation. How can this be addressed?
In short, surely it is not reasonable or equitable to suggest that permanent staff at UoW consider a pay-cut or reducing of hours?
Whilst the big-earners have opted as a group to take a 20 per cent pay cut, surely this cannot be enforced for main staff at UoW. Nor is it possible to manage an environment where some people choose to do this and others don’t?
What superannuation implications would there be taking a paycut?
Are we not helping UoW already by working from home, paying for electricity and internet usage? Our weekly wage has already gone down with these extra costs.
We understand it is a very stressful time for university staff. It is tremendously important for professional staff to stick together and negotiate from a position of collective strength. The CPSU NSW has a long history with UoW and we are proud to have shared in the university’s evolution and success. If you know anyone that is not a member, ask them to JOIN TODAY. If you would like a union representative to organise a meeting with you and your team to talk about your rights, please email .