Pay outcome comparisons; Results Bans; Stood down info; Get togethers
In this post:
- Bargaining - pay outcome comparisons
- Results bans - some further information
- What to do if/when you receive a notification that you are to be stood down (docked pay) for the period of the bans
- Get-togethers for members
Bargaining - pay outcome comparisons
Some members are concerned that the message about pay parity with other universities is not getting through clearly enough. Here is a brief summary from Branch Vice President Lloyd Cox's analysis. You can find more info on our website (www.mqstaff.org/pay).
Currently, Macquarie sits 7th in the country in pay for academic staff, and 8th in the country in pay for general staff (all calculations include our 2% pay rise in March). However, we must remember that Macquarie is in Australia’s most expensive city in Australia’s most expensive state.
Here Macquarie rates fourth equal in Sydney for academics and general staff, and 6th in the state (in other words, towards the bottom in Sydney, and in the middle in NSW)
In comparison to our direct competitors in the Sydney university market, Macquarie currently lags behind by a considerable margin for academics:
- USYD - 7.83% better pay than Macquarie
- UNSW - 5.09% better pay than Macquarie
- UWS - 3.40% better pay than Macquarie (but UWS 6.98% better for Professors)
Differences with USYD
- B1 - $230 fortnight
- C1 - $287 fortnight
- D1 - $351 fortnight
- E1 - $712 fortnight
Differences with UWS
- B1 $100 fortnight
- C1 $104 fortnight
- D1 $109 fortnight
- E1 $369 fortnight
Macquarie also lags our competitors with respect to general staff (calculated using Hew 5, step 1):
- USYD - 7.69% more pay than Macquarie ($157 more per fortnight)
- UNSW - 4.06% more pay than Macquarie ($83 per fortnight more)
- UWS - 1.38% more pay than Macquarie ($28 per fortnight more)
To achieve parity with Sydney, would need a 16.20% compounded increase by January 2012, which is equivalent to a 12.15% annualized increase.
To achieve parity with UWS, would need a 12.92% compounded increase by May 2012, which is equivalent to a 7.4% annualized increase (for professors, the increase would need to be 16.82% to achieve parity with their UWS counterparts by May 2012).
Just to maintain the present percentage gap with USYD and UWS, would need the same percentage increases as they have recently won – 18% compounded at USYD over 34 months, 18% compounded at UWS over 38 months.
But maintenance of the percentage gap would of course mean a widening of the dollar gap, as Macquarie staff are starting from a lower base.
Results bans - some further information
I have had some correspondence with Tim Sprague about the exemptions application page on our website (for students seeking exemption from the ban on the grounds of severe disadvantage). He has claimed that the wording is ambiguous and seems to endorse the release of "unofficial" grades to students. Please note that this is not the intention of our advice: final grades cannot be released (even as "unofficial") until approved by Academic Senate. You may, however, release assessment task marks/grades and feedback to students as you would normally. That is, there is no ban on handing back marked assignment work, tests and so on.
We have had some questions from members about what they should do if they are stood down but have a conference to go to. There are concerns about insurance and funding - we are seeking advice on this and will provide further information next week.
What to do if/when you receive a notification that you are to be stood down (docked pay) for the period of the bans
Contact the NTEU Branch office immediately, either by email or in person.
Get-togethers for members
We want to make sure no-one feels alone or isolated as the bans are implemented, so from Tuesday next week (when the docking of pay is likely to start in earnest), we will be having some fun get-togethers here at uni for ALL members, whether you are taking action or supporting it in any of the ways we've talked about in previous emails. The first one will be (weather permitting) a picnic under the trees outside E11A, from 12noon-2pm on Tuesday 7th December. We'll provide some nibbles,bread rolls, BBQ chicken, salad and soft drink - please BYO any other food and drinks, card tables, chairs and picnic blankets. As we're bargaining on that day, the EB team will also come down in the lunch break (or after bargaining, depending on how serious the Management team is about negotiating) and will provide a progress report on negotiations. We look forward to seeing you there!
Note: if it's wet, we'll meet at Marxines coffee shop and colonise the U@MQ building!
On Wednesday, depending on bargaining progress, we will probably have a BBQ and a few games (boules, frisbee, stone-skipping on the lake etc). On Thursday, when the bans are fully in force, we might do a bit of an awards ceremony and invite Steven Schwartz along to receive an NTEU Recruitment Award for the great work he's done in building the Union over the last few months. If you have any suggestions for Friday, let us know!
In the meantime, maintain your rage and your firm resolve to fight collectively for our pay and conditions! We have lots of support both within and beyond MQ!
Lecturer, Academic Development (Leadership and Management; Evaluation)
Learning and Teaching Centre
Macquarie University NSW 2109
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