CASPA the Unfriendly Ghost of Pay Systems Past
What is CASPA?
As some of you will know, Casual Academics are paid a sum each fortnight which is an average of their pay for the whole semester. This practice is no longer in line with workplace legislation. The university is working on replacing it with a system which will pay casuals the wages each fortnight which they have earned in that specific fortnight, rather than an averaged amount. The tool for doing this will be the CASPA system – an electronic system of timesheets and approvals.
CASPA was meant to go into operation in Semester 2, 2012. It is not ready.
But how to deal with this delay?
HR’s current plan is to move to a manual version of CASPA, with the resulting work to be picked up by Professional Staff in the schools. This will mean that hundreds of paper time sheets will have to be processed every fortnight - a new, unnecessary and very large workload pressure placed on those Professional Staff to cover the delay. And if this interim system leads to delays and mistakes (as seems likely), those problems will be borne by the Casual Academics who will have to wait to be paid.
The NTEU will be writing to management about this and will push very strongly for the whole process to be delayed. CASPA should only be adopted once it is ready to go properly. We will also suggest that a small pilot scheme should be run, to avoid a repeat of this delay.
Please send thoughts and feedback on this to our union office.