Petition launched for Single Agreement
The NTEU is launching a petition for Curtin staff to sign in support of a single Enterprise Agreement during this round of bargaining. When General and Academic staff are united in a single agreement, the working conditions of both are better.
Show your support by signing the petition, and encourage your colleagues to do the same - One Staff, One Agreement!
Sign the petition here.
Why a Single Agreement?
The NTEU Curtin Branch has submitted a Log of Claims for a new Enterprise Agreement to University Management which includes a claim for a single Enterprise Agreement for all General and Academic Staff.
In bargaining meetings to date University Management has responded that it does not intend to have a Single Agreement and is of the view that there is no appetite for a Single Agreement among staff. This is despite the fact that 27 universities across Australia have Single Agreements for all staff and where these operate staff overwhelmingly support them. Where Single Agreements operate they have brought significant improvements in entitlements to General Staff.
The current Academic Staff Agreement contains 69 clauses and the General Staff Agreement contains 71 clauses, of which 59 are common to both. However, some conditions – particularly access to Review Committees for Redundancy, Performance and Conduct – are currently denied to General Staff despite the fact that we are all subject to the same processes, for example, allegations of a breach of the Code of Conduct.
It makes no sense for Curtin staff to work under separate Agreements when they share the vast majority of employment conditions and work towards the same broad purpose in the interests of the University.
A Single Agreement is far more efficient to negotiate, manage and operate, and yet Management rejects this approach. It is clear that University Management is determined to treat staff differently despite their shared working environment. At a time when they are entreating us all to work towards a shared Vision for the University, Management is seeking to impose conditions of employment which divide their employees.
The University’s current agenda of seeking a quick round of General Staff bargaining which will deliver a reduction in jobs, the right for Management to direct staff to take leave and increased disciplinary powers (all changes they are seeking for Academic Staff as well) seems to be based on a view that General Staff are a ‘pushover’ compared to their academic colleagues and that Academic Staff do not value their General Staff colleagues.
All Academic and General Staff are urged to sign the attached petition to demonstrate to University Management that Curtin staff know what we want: A Single Agreement for all Curtin Staff!
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