Members will hopefully have seen the concerns we’ve raised in relation to the so-called “national framework agreement” for universities, negotiated between the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), representatives of Universities Australia and the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association.
The CPSU NSW wants to make it clear that this ‘deal’ is not a fait accompli.
It still needs to be approved by affected employees at any university where it may be adopted, including CPSU NSW members. The path to implementation is far from certain.
What is clear however, is how poorly targeted the package is. There is no question international travel restrictions have had, and will continue to have, a profound impact on the sector. We accept that universities will need to review their expenditure and have suggested a range of cost-reduction measures to save ongoing jobs, including areas such as non-essential capital works and infrastructure, travel, executive bonuses and contingent labour. None of these measures require changes to enterprise agreements or cuts to employee pay packets.
What is increasingly apparent is that the CPSU NSW is not alone in its opposition to this deal.
A large number of NTEU members are similarly voicing concern over the breadth of measures contemplated under the “framework”.
Further, as outlined below, numerous universities have distanced themselves from the proposal:
The unpopularity is not limited to NSW. Prominent interstate institutions such as Melbourne University and University of Tasmania are also walking away.
This confirms what the CPSU NSW has said from the outset, that the priorities of the package are wrong, the enforcement is non-binding and more appropriate solutions can be found at a local level.
Last Friday our peak advisory Council resolved to hold a state-wide meeting of members to discuss the proposals contained in the framework agreement and plan our campaign moving forward.
Given the likely number of participants and the importance of the contents, it has been decided that two meetings will be held, chaired at 12:30pm and 6:00pm respectively.
May 21, 2020 12:30pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91060092876?pwd=cTBnZ3l0QUZtNmRmLzRBYTYwQUFaZz09
Meeting ID: 910 6009 2876
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeokndKj4
May 21, 2020 06:00pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97308360866?pwd=eUJpRmoxNXNtbUFDTndMTGRpYWNFUT09
Meeting ID: 973 0836 0866
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ab246ADZ7t
It is anticipated each meeting will take up to one hour.
Further details and reminders about these online meetings will be forwarded over coming days.
As a CPSU NSW member you should be rightly concerned about this proposal, so your participation is welcomed.