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Congratulations to CSU Branch on the amazing campaign they have run to enforce the workload provisions of their Enterprise Agreement. This comprehensive win will inspire other Branches in their workload campaigns.
At a conciliation hearing in Wagga with Commissioner Riordan last week, CSU management was forced to accede to NTEU demands on academic workloads. The conciliation was the culmination of meetings over several weeks since appearing before Senior Deputy President Drake. The parties agreed on a number of matters that had been the basis of the dispute.
- strict adherence to the quantitative cap in the 2010 EA
- provision of documents to all staff regarding transparency and equity on workload allocations at the School level
- equivalence in workload allocation between distance education (often online delivery) and internal teaching, and
- cessation of the practice of over allocating, with the responsibility for finding casual assistance no longer resting with academics.
In the end, CSU management agreed to all aspects of the NTEU case, with a recommendation from the Commissioner to provide a 6 week completion period for the 8 reviews with a progress report to him after 3 weeks. Members can nominate an alternative arrangement as well as workload reduction, such as extra conference or research or administrative assistance, equivalent to 2011 and 2012 over allocation.
CSU Branch fought against management disbelief and evasion about over-allocation by arguing for reviews in eight Schools where NTEU members had informed of overload. For these Schools and members, the Branch sought equivalent reduction in workload for overload in 2011 and 2012. Before the conciliation hearing, CSU management proposed to 'repay' overload staff up to a 10% maximum of annual teaching load (103 hours). The Branch rejected this.
Well done to all staff and members involved.
Round Six of university enterprise bargaining is underway following a successful meeting of approximately eighty delegates from across NTEU’s university branches to debate key strategies and ...
The NTEU CSU 2011 Annual Survey has returned some alarming results, revealing that 58 per cent of academics are being overworked to the point of illness. The survey also reveals that 57 per cent of academics have suffered deterioration in family relationships, due to excessive workloads and work related stress.
A staggering 94% of surveyed academics said they frequently work more than their regular weekly hours, with 87% frequently working weekends. The survey also found 58% of respondents reported teaching workloads that breach the new workload regulations contained in the CSU Enterprise Agreement.
NTEU CSU Branch has written to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) outlining some of the results and seeking the widespread teaching-related overload at CSU to be addressed as a matter of priority. You can read a copy of the letter here.
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