The CPSU NSW met with UTS on numerous occasions since the last bulletin in an effort to settle professional staff claims for the enterprise agreement.
UTS sought clarification from the parties on a number of issues, primarily:
• Negotiating a timeframe for completion of an In Principle enterprise agreement;
• An agreed meeting schedule for further bargaining and enterprise agreement drafting; and
• The status of claims and clauses and where contentious issues needed to be resolved by UTS.
UTS voiced their desire to finalise negotiations in October. The CPSU NSW believes this to be very optimistic considering the slow progress and disruptions to date.
In light of these concerns the parties agreed to schedule full-day meetings to examine and compromise on specific clauses where possible to narrow down the most contentious aspects of the enterprise agreement.
UTS has also indicated that it may be in a position within the next fortnight to discuss figures on pay increases after completing modelling. Any positions adopted by UTS will be reported back to the membership as soon as possible.
The CPSU NSW still advocates for and supports a separate agreement for Professional Staff due to delays experienced from academic claims.
Protected industrial action was taken by the NTEU on 21 September for 2 hours.
The NTEU plan to meet on 5 October to decide on taking further action. This would represent even further delays on an agreement that would be finalised if there were separate professional and academic agreements.
The parties are meeting again on 27 September for a 3 hour meeting prior to commencing full-day negotiations commencing 4 October 2022.
The CPSU NSW will keep members up to date as negotiations develop.
The CPSU NSW UTS branch president Andreas Dalman is standing for the professional staff position on UTS Council for a 2-year tenure.
Andreas is at the top of the ballot paper. His supporting statement is pasted below. A CPSU NSW voice on UTS Council is critical in keeping CPSU NSW members informed of Council outcomes at UTS and to influence outcomes.
I have worked as a full time Professional Staff member at UTS since 2003 when I joined the Audio-Visual Services team. I have worked on all UTS campuses and have interacted with many in the UTS community over the years. I now work in the Labs and Desktop Management teams in ITU Operations Engineering.
My firm belief is that the strength of UTS comes its people who enable it to reach its objectives to be a leading university of technology with strong values and impact in the social justice space.
I have been active in supporting and promoting the value of professional staff locally in my work areas, and across UTS from my many years in the CPSU UTS Branch, including my tenure as WHS Officer during the pandemic and as CPSU President since November 2021.
I humbly request you support me to represent you on the UTS Council.
Voting is open until 27 September 2022.
Vote here https://elections.uts.edu.au/ or using the QR Code
The CPSU NSW will be hosting a bargaining and recruitment campaign on 7 October 2022 at several buildings on site, most prominently building 1 on campus.
CPSU NSW Industrial Officers, Delegates and members will be on site to meet and greet members and staff to hear them on any workplace concerns and advocate for greater membership.
Any members wishing to participate are encouraged to contact any of the Committee below.
The blitz will kick off at 8am at UTS Building 1.