NTEU quick action clarifies School of Engineering's intention with new PDF Template
NTEU quick action clarifies School of Engineering's intention with new PDF Template (written by Alex McAulay)
Last month the School of Engineering distributed a PDF template for professional staff that included behavioural measures. Concerns were raised with the NTEU by a number of staff who had been shown the document, and a copy of this document was provided to the Branch. The NTEU had a number of meetings with HR where we outlined our concerns about the proposed PDF template. As a result of these discussions, the NTEU accepts that the School of Engineering has no intention of implementing a new PDF template at this time.
The NTEU is opposed to the introduction of behavioural measures. Such measures tend to be subjective, arbitrary, and open to abuse. We only need to look down Swanston street to RMIT to see how condescending and punitive their ‘behavioural capability framework’ is in operation. The potential for the abuse of behavioural measures by management was also in evidence at Toyota earlier this year when union members were targeted for redundancy on the pretext of non-adherence to ‘company values’.
In 2011 the NTEU rebuffed an earlier attempt by the University of Melbourne to introduce behavioural measures into PDFs. It has become clear that the University has not let go of this idea, and that there will need to be a robust discussion about PDF in the Collective Agreement negotiations later this year.
We would encourage members to contact the Branch office if they become aware of behavioural measures being introduced in other parts of the University. The NTEU will continue to inform members about our discussions with HR regarding this matter.